Watching NORAD's Santa Tracker has become a tradition for a lot of families. Each year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command website takes great pains to chart Saint Nick's flight plan from the North Pole to boys and girls located all over the world. Well, this time, some parents are incensed by the images they are seeing this time.
At issue is the fact that Santa's sleigh is flanked by fighter jets. According to child advocates, this inappropriately links the symbol of fun and gifts to the military and that the move was completely out of line.
Honestly, these advocates are making too big a deal out of this. I have a 5-year-old who is into Santa AND planes and I bet he would think it was pretty cool. I also wager he wouldn't associate those awesome planes with war. At least he wouldn't unless I told him there was a connection. It’s as though people will find any excuse to complain. This will only be an issue for kids if they keep talking about it. I bet those fighter jets will help keep kids engaged and expand the sense of magic surrounding Santa’s mission. Kids don’t look at things like grown-ups do, but these complaints certainly will change that.
For its part, NORAD defends the decision: "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. If people have a major issue with it, perhaps they should just use the Google Santa Tracker instead.
Take a look at the video causing so much fury:
Is NORAD wrong for having fighter jets accompany Santa's sleigh?
Images via noradsanta.org