USPS making sure letters to Santa arrive at North Pole

Christmas stamps 2014. (Photo/USPS)
Christmas stamps 2014. (Photo/USPS)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This is a holiday spoiler alert for parents! Don’t let your kids read on or it will spoil the holiday surprise!

The United States Postal Service is offering up some advice for sending a letter to Santa this holiday season.

It even has a step-by-step procedure to make sure your child gets a response from the ‘man’ himself.

Not only will Santa Claus open the letter, but he will postmark it from the North Pole and send back a response.

Here are the steps to take from the USPS:

  • Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  • Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
  • Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.”
  • When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____, or Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school – especially with math, etc. Sign it Santa Claus with a P.S. to get to bed early Christmas Eve.
  • Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at his or her home. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole, as the return address on the envelope.
  • Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp – such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.

Sure, the steps involve the purchase of stamps and a bit of planning, but it takes a little help to get a hold of Santa himself during this busy time of year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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