COLORADIO SPRINGS, Colo (KRON) — Everyone is excited about tonight’s arrival of Santa Claus but not everyone is stoked about the visitors Jolly Ole St. Nick is bringing with him, some U.S. military fighter jets.
Some say the video is really just a subtle recruiting ploy for U.S. military recruiters, trying to tie kids’ perception of Christmas with the armed forces.
A group called Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood claim the jets mean the military has taken a holiday tradition and added “violence and militarism.”
NORAD isn’t apologizing. The command says it is part of the military “and this is our mission.”
Every year volunteers for NORAD operate the Santa Tracker to help kids and parents know when everyone has to be in bed and cookies put out to ensure his arrival at their house.