When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.
Shirt of the Month
This month we are making a bit of an exception. Instead of a Laura shirt this month we’re taking one of my other highlights. This Christmas themed t-shirt is from NORAD. Normally I don’t like t-shirts where you could only wear them for an event that takes place during the winter, but I’m making an exception.
Here is this month’s t-shirt:
The story behind NORAD Santa is great one. Back in 1955 Department stores were a big deal. Check out Miracle on 34th Street to get an idea of how big. One in Colorado published a number where kids could phone to talk to Santa. The newspaper made a mistake and published the phone number with one number off. So instead of calling the hired Santa, they called the red phone at one of the top military bases in the country. Colonel Harry Shoup took the first call and decided, once he realized it wasn’t a prank that they started giving out reports on Santa’s location. Over the years it has built into a massive effort including thousands of volunteers and computer generated updates every time Santa flies by a landmark that appear on their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The website also has games and information about Christmas….and current weather conditions at the North Pole.
Watch the video to learn more about their program:
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.