Thoughts on Norad Santa Tracker News
In the Whitehead house it has been a yearly tradition to watch Santa take flight on Christmas Eve on the Norad Santa Tracker. I saw the info on the news about their current changes where it will have two fighter jets following Santa around during his flight.
Would love know what you all think of this. Will you still let your kids watch Santa take flight on NORAD?
"In addition to Santa's traditional sleigh and reindeer, NORAD has added an animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular program, a command spokesman told Reuters.
"We wanted to let folks know that, hey, this is a NORAD video, and we're the military and this is our mission," Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.
Allen Kanner, a California child and family psychologist and co-founder of the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, told The Boston Globe the Pentagon is "completely out of line" for linking Christmas with the military.
“Children associate Santa with gifts and fun and everything else that is positive about Christmas,” Kanner told the newspaper. “They are associating this with the military in children’s minds."
Another video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website shows military personnel preparing for a test flight with an intelligence officer asserting that “intel can confirm that Jack Frost and the Abominable Snowman will not be a threat," The Globe reported."
However, on the flipside... I don't like the militaristic outpouring of constant stuff... being embedded into even the fun stuff. Puts the wrong image, but it completely a different way. I won't go into this, because it's something I feel strongly about and will either a. come across as a nut or b. offend someone.
That being said, I think this is all in good fun!