WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump took calls from children anxious to find out where Santa is on his gift-giving journey.
The NORAD Tracks Santa program became a Christmas Eve tradition after a child mistakenly called the forerunner to the North American Aerospace Defense Command in 1955 and asked to speak to Santa.
The program wasn't affected by the government shutdown. It's run by volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado using pre-approved funding.
The Trumps later traveled to Washington National Cathedral to attend the Solemn Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve. The cathedral's website said the program included readings from Holy Scripture, favorite congregational hymns and seasonal choral and instrumental music as well as Holy Communion.
Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican and elsewhere was also part of Christmas Eve celebrations throughout the world.
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Eighteen-month-old Briell Digiacom of Lone Tree, Colo., expresses her dislike of posing for a photograph with Santa Claus with her 4-year-old sister, Keri, as last-minute shoppers finish up their Christmas gift lists Monday at the Outlet Malls in Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colo.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak on the phone each sharing updates to track Santa's movements from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve.
Pakistani Christians attend a midnight service Monday at St. Anthony's Church in Lahore, Pakistan.
Archbishop Gintaras Grusas greets worshipers Monday during the Christmas Eve midnight Mass at the Cathedral-Basilical in Vilnius, Lithuania. Over 80 percent of Lithuanians are Christians.
A priest distributes communion wafers during Christmas midnight mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Allahabad, India. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses for a photograph after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, London.
Attendees at Community Church of Oxford's Christmas service sing "Silent Night" on the Square on Monday in Oxford, Miss.
President Donald Trump listens on the phone as he shares updates to track Santa's movements from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve.
Bosnian worshipers offer a prayer during the Christmas Eve midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Roman Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a Christmas Eve service at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Pope Francis unveils a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
On Christmas Eve in 2009 George Trosset went surfing behind his house in Cocoa Beach in a Santa suit with his son and daughter-in-law. A photo made the local paper and next year some friends joined him in Santa suits of their own. Every year the event got bigger. This year thousands showed up in downtown Cocoa Beach for the annual Christmas Eve Surfing Santas event with hundreds of surfing Santas taking to the waves. The event now raises money for the Florida Surf Museum and Grind for Life. The weather was perfect Florida weather Monday morning with temperatures in the high 60's, unfortunately there were very small waves for the event.
A nun waits to hand out pamphlets to attendees to the Christmas Eve mass at the Xishiku Catholic Church in Beijing, China.
A Chinese woman takes a photo in front of the Xishiku Catholic Church during Christmas Eve in Beijing, China.
U2's The Edge and Bono take part in the annual Christmas Eve busk on Grafton Street, Dublin.