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Air Force Lt. Col. David Hanson, of Chicago, takes a phone call from a child in Florida at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs on Christmas Eve 2010. The tradition began in 1955, as a result of a newspaper typographical error. (Associated Press)

Air Force Lt. Col. David Hanson, of Chicago, takes a phone call from a child in Florida at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs on Christmas Eve 2010. The tradition began in 1955, as a result of a newspaper typographical error. (Associated Press)

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