Letters From Santa

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When your child sends a letter to Santa, would you like an “official” looking reply sent in return? You can do just that with the Letters From Santa program, complete with a special postmark from the North Pole, AK.

To participate in the program, follow these steps:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
  3. Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.”
  4. When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., “Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____,” or “Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math,” etc. Sign it “Santa Claus” followed by “P.S. Get to bed early Christmas Eve.”
  5. Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to your child at home. Be sure to include: “Santa Claus, North Pole,” as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp — such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.
  6. Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:

NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK
POSTMASTER
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

The Anchorage Postmaster will open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home.

When your child receives the letter, ask him or her to open it and read it to you. Have your camera ready to go before hand and capture the special moment by taking plenty of photos. Be sure to post them on Twitter and Facebook afterward using the hashtag #SantaLetters to share the excitement with others. Also, keep the letters and photos in a scrapbook as a great family keepsake.

Letters to Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014, so mail them early.

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