Jan 12, 2011 8:19 AM by Bea Karnes
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE (AP)- NORAD says its Santa-tracking program logged a record number of phone calls and e-mails on Christmas Eve.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said Tuesday that volunteers answered more than 80,000 phone calls and more than 7,000 e-mails.
In 2009, the program answered 74,000 phone calls and 3,500 e-mails.
The website had nearly 15.5 million unique visitors, up from 13 million the previous year.
First lady Michelle Obama answered calls via a phone hookup from Hawaii, where her family was vacationing. It's believed to be the first time a first lady participated.
The program started in 1955 when a newspaper ad printed the wrong number for a Santa hotline and children called NORAD's predecessor instead.