How to get a letter from Santa Claus this Christmas

U.S. Postal Service employee Carrie Montserrat holds a letter addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole as she and her colleagues sort letters written to Santa Claus as part of Operation Santa at a post office in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo)

NORTH POLE (WDTN) – The U.S. Postal Service wants to help you reply to your child’s Santa letter, complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here’s what you can do so your kiddo can get a letter back from Santa:

  • Have your little one write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole
  • Later (when alone), open the envelope and write a personalized response
  • Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to your child
  • Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope
  • Affix a First-Class Mail stamp to the envelope
  • Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope – preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope – with appropriate postage and address it to:
    North Pole Postmark
    4141 Postmark Drive
    Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Here are some tips from the U.S. Postal Service:

  • To save paper, write Santa’s response on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

All “Letters from Santa” must be RECEIVED by December 15.

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