Santa Claus will be monitored by NORAD

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As thousands of federal employees were likely to be sent home amid the gridlock in Washington after a partial government shutdown on Saturday morning and even more were expected to work without pay, several agencies assured children and adults alike that Christmas was still coming. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is prepared to track Santa’s flight across the globe on December 24 as it has done for more than six decades. The work is based on approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year.

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Volunteers working at NORAD

“All Post Offices will remain open for business. Because we are an independent entity that is funded through the sale of our products & services, and not by tax dollars, our services will not be impacted by a gov’t shutdown,” the U.S. Postal Service announced too. And even a visit to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums in     Wahington  would still be possible until Jan.1, 2019. Tourists visiting New York City will still be able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Other states are also working to keep their national parks and landmarks available to the public. However More than 420,000 federal employees including will ned to work without pay.

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