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