Each vacation season, American kids can hold tabs on Santa’s deliveries by means of the North American Aerospace Protection Command (NORAD), america’s missile protection monitoring website buried within the Cheyenne mountain exterior of Colorado Springs. The watchful of us of NORAD, who in any other case spend their time ready to alert us all of incoming missiles, hellfire, and different terrifying air and sea threats, as an alternative use America’s formidable aerospace detection tools to “monitor” Santa Claus and his sleigh because it hopscotches across the nation on Christmas Eve. In Scotland, there is no such thing as a NORAD Santa Tracker—as an alternative, kids (or, properly, anybody) there can observe together with the Trunk Road Gritter Tracker, a real-time, Scotland-wide snowplow tracer. It is true.
We have now no on-the-ground reporting to verify whether or not or not Scotland’s kids really feel any jealousy towards American kids over all this. In any case, monitoring snowplows as they shove chilly precipitation round Scotland’s roads looks as if the winter-stuff-to-track equal of a Nintendo Sport Boy Colour. The NORAD “This-Santa-Tracker-Introduced-To-You-By-the-Chilly-Warfare-Navy-Industrial-Complicated” model is sort of a brand-new PlayStation 5. However right here, Santa’s sleigh is simply, properly, Santa’s sleigh. In Scotland, the plows not solely are known as “gritters” (which brings to thoughts the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot, Gritty), they’re given amusing names yearly. Right here they’re, per the map itself:
So, a number of issues. First, the Scots love puns. Second, right here in America, children solely get to trace a single Santa, whereas the Scots get to look at over greater than 30 Gritters. That is form of a win, proper? Proper?