Nothing is more exciting to a child at Christmastime than to be able to browse through the holiday toy magazines that came in the mail and decide what they want for Christmas. Most of us take this opportunity to allow the children to write a letter for Santa Claus and send it to him with their list. But after the child makes the list, what do you normally do with it? Some children take it to Santa Claus at the malls or department stores and some children may give it to their parents trusting that they will send it off to the North Pole.
Not long ago, I found the letters that I wrote Santa in a box in my mom’s attic and I’m pretty sure that I have a letter or two in a box from my boys from the last two years. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if your children could drop off the letter in a big red mailbox at the post office and magically send it on its way to the North Pole?
Wouldn’t it be even better if they could get response postmarked from the North Pole?
Some post offices have had programs where USPS employees respond to children’s letters. The program has changed but your children can still receive a Santa letter postmarked from The North Pole.
Now it’ll take work from you as well, but it’s worth it for those kids whose belief in Santa may be waning. The process is as follows:
- Have your child write that yearly letter to Santa, placed in an envelope addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole. Don’t seal it!
- When they give you the letter, assure them that you put it in the mail – EXPRESS – to Santa!
- Now you’re up. Write a response (or have a coworker or family member whose handwriting is less recognizable) to your child, signed Santa. Make it personal!
- Put your letter, and their letter, in an envelope, sealed, stamped, and addressed to your child. Return address should be Santa, North Pole.
- Put that envelope in a LARGER envelope, and mail toNORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER, 4141 POSTMARK DR, ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998 by December 8, and they will mail your envelope with a North Pole postmark.
- Send your child out to check the mail every day until the letter comes!
I can pretty much guarantee that it will put a smile on your child’s face to know that Santa Claus took the time to personally write them back. It might also give them a little bit of hope that Santa knows exactly what gift they want the most on Christmas morning.