Postal Service delivers Christmas cheer with #LettersFromSanta

Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 17:03:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY — If you want your child’s letter to Santa Claus to receive a personal response, the U.S. Postal Service can help–complete with a North Pole postmark.

Letters From Santa is a service from the Postal Service that allows loved ones to write a response to children’s letters to Santa and have that response delivered in the most legitimate method possible, short of reindeer and a sleigh.

The USPS provides the following steps for those who would like to participate, and letters must be received by the Anchorage postmaster no later than December 15.

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Holiday Windows stamp, to the envelope.
  6. 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

The post office encourages people to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta. USPS also included these tips:

  • 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.