Anchorage, AK - Once upon a time, about 55 years ago, a red line crisis phone number rang and the rest is history.

Turns out it wasn’t the president calling aerospace defense, but a young boy who had dialed the wrong number while looking for Santa.

Now NORAD helps young boys and girls track Santa’s journey every year.

While the other 364 days of the year might not be as exciting, what NORAD does is extremely important. Knowing what’s in U.S. Airspace helps keep everyone safe.

And of course, working hard pays off when NORAD team members get let in on a few of Santa’s secrets. Like if you’re still awake – it’s time to get to bed or Santa won’t stop with presents!

©Copyright 2018 Coastal Television. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.