I think just the simple fact that the Colonel decided to play along instead of just dismissing the screw-up is a Christmas Miracle in and of itself.
Another great article on the history of and continuation of the NORAD Santa Tracking program can be found at Tracking "Big Red" NORAD's Secret Santa Mission .
There are not too many books on the subject of tracking Santa, which is odd 'cause I can think of a million great stories that could be told. Here are a couple I did find
NORAD Tracks Santa
Around the World in One Night
Santa Tracking Tales (The Christmas Connection)
How do you think Santa makes it around the world in one night? Do you track Santa? Do you know any good books about Santa Tracking? Will you write one for me?