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Air Force Lt. Col. David Hanson, of Chicago, takes a phone call on Dec. 24, 2010, from a child in Florida at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo. Officials at NORAD are expecting a banner year for kids calling in to track Santa.

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NORAD Santa trackers stand by

Santa already is piling up big numbers on social networking sites this season, so the volunteer Santa-trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails when their operations center goes live on Christmas Eve.

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