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Postal News: USPS Letters from Santa program to provide personalized response

November 29, 2017
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

And the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child's letter - complete with a North Pole postmark.

To get a letter back from Santa:

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- Have your child 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 the child.

- Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.

- Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Christmas Carols Forever 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, Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Drive, Anchorage, AK 99530-9998.

Letters must be received by the Anchorage postmaster no later than Dec. 15.

Santa's helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.


- 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.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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