For Once, Your Child Can Get a Return Letter FROM Santa

Generations of American children have written to Santa over the years. The U.S. Postal Service dutifully delivers those letters to “The North Pole” on a one-way trip. Now, for the first time, they are bringing back return letters from Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark.

The USPS calls this the Letters From Santa Program.

Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  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 to the envelope, such as one of the new holiday stamps.
  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 PostmarkPostmaster4141
    Postmark Drive Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

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.

A large variety of holiday themed postage stamps is available for purchase at Post Offices locations, online at usps.com and by toll-free phone order at 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724).

The Postal Service reminds us it receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Additional information can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.

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