Dutiful little boys and girls writing a wish list to Santa this holiday season can get a unique response from the big guy himself, postmarked from the North Pole.
All it takes is a little help from the post office—and you.
The US Postal Service is once again keeping the magic of Santa Claus alive through its “Letter from Santa” program.
Now in its 100th year, here's how the program works:
- Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it “From Santa."
- Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE.
- Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
- Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
- Your letter “From Santa” will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.
Letters from Santa must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.
The personalized letters that parents send to their children via the Letter from Santa program is not to be confused with the historical “Operation Santa” program.
In Operation Santa, the Postal Service matches customers with letters written to Santa from needy children. The participants receive a gift and a response letter from Santa. (Customers are not provided the child’s address in the Operation Santa program.)
To learn more about Operation Santa, click here.
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