Christmas night

NORAD’s Christmas night

Three airports, twelve hours of flying, one upgrade (on the longest leg; thank-you, Santa), and a ride on the light rail ride and in a taxi is all it took to get home to Seattle on Christmas Day from Maryland. Planes were full and there were plenty of families with babies and toddlers in tow; no doubt on their way home from grandparents’ houses.

I bet – like me – some of those families turned to NORAD on Christmas Eve to find out when Santa was heading their way. NORAD – the North American Aerospace Defense Command – not only tracked where Santa was, how many presents he had delivered and, according to this AP story, answered more than 111,000 phone calls, the agency also shared Santa-cam videos of the big guy in action.