PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. Air Force base monitoring Santa Claus' progress around the world were on track to answer a record number of calls Monday from children wanting to know everything from Saint Nick's age to how reindeer fly.
One little boy phoned in to ask what time Santa delivered toys to heaven, said volunteer Jennifer Eckels, who took the call. The boy's mother got on the line to explain that his sister had died this year.
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"I think Santa headed there first," Eckels told him.
Volunteer Sara Berghoff was caught off guard when a child called to see if Santa could be especially kind this year to the families affected by the recent Connecticut school shooting.
A young boy called to ask if Santa was real.
"How old is Santa?" The answer to that one is in the FAQs that NORAD hands out to volunteers: "It's hard to know for sure, but NORAD intelligence indicates Santa is Nike Air Max 95 Grey Suede at least 16 centuries old."
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"Ohhhhhhh," said an 8 year old.
Other questions required the volunteers to think fast:
Air Force Maj. Jamie Humphries, who took the call, said, "I'm 37 years old, and I believe in Santa, and if you believe in him as well, then he must be real."
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presents until all the kids in the home are asleep.
The ad in a Colorado Springs newspaper invited children to call Santa but inadvertently listed the phone number for the Continental Air Defence Command, NORAD's predecessor, also based in Colorado Springs.
"I'm from Newtown, Connecticut, where the shooting was," she remembered the child asking. "Is it possible that Santa can bring extra presents so I can deliver them to the families that lost kids?"
Sara, just 13 herself, gathered her thoughts quickly. "If I can get ahold of him, I'll try to get the message to him," she told the child.
Officers played along. Since then, NORAD Tracks Santa has gone global, posting updates for nearly 1.2 million Facebook fans and 104,000 Twitter followers.
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