Letters to Santa Claus
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service™ can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with the North Pole Postmark! The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.
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Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta. Like to keep things local? Have the elves at The Woodlands Recreation Center help you get a letter back from Santa. Beginning after Thanksgiving, send your child's letter to Santa - be sure to include a return address - to:
THE WOODLANDS RECREATION CENTER
ATTENTION: SANTA CLAUS
5310 RESEARCH FOREST DRIVE
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS 77381
The letters to Santa sent to him here in The Woodlands need to be received by no later than December 17 in order to ensure that he has time to reply.
To increase the fun, Santa, should write on the back of your child’s letter. While this may turn out to only actually be fun for the kids, it does save paper.
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 for Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.
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Have the child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
Write a personalized response to the child's letter and sign it "From Santa." See sample responses from Santa.
Insert both letters into an envelope, and address it to the child.
Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than December 15. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest!
letters to Santa Claus
Dear Santa Claus,
My name is Sally and I am 5 and 1/2 years old. I have been a very good girl this year. I help Mommy wash the dishes every night, and I listen to Daddy when he tells me to clean my room. I am also nice to my little brother, even though he can be really annoying sometimes.
Thank you for all the presents last year. They were all really nice, and I played with all of them a lot. This year I would like a jump rope, a kitten, and a new bike. I really really want the bike.
Please give my love to Mrs. Claus, the elves, and all the reindeer, especially Rudolph. I will leave some carrots for the reindeer next to your milk and cookies.
Dear Santa Claus,
I am writing to ask for the new Army Man Kung-Fu Grip Harry the Ranger action figure. I really want this toy because I know that I would spend so much time playing army games with it.
I was a really good boy this year. My mom said that I was so good that she thought that I should write you a letter to ask for this toy.
I would also like to thank you for all of the awesome presents that you have given me before. I still ride my bicycle all over the neighborhood. My dad taught me how to ride it and I am so happy that you put it under the tree.
Please say hello to everyone at the North Pole. I am excited to see what is under the tree this year.
Dear Santa Claus,
My name is Cindy and I am 8 years old. I hope that you are all rested up from delivering presents last year. I want you to know that I have been very good this year, and I listened to my parents.
This year I would really like the Red Five X-wing Starfighter Lego set. My brother Tim says that Legos are for boys, but I already have a TIE fighter and would like more sets to start my collection.
Thank you for all of the great presents that you gave me last year. Please say hello to the reindeer. I love to watch the Christmas movies that have all of them flying around.
By all accounts, the Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 100 years ago. In 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock first allowed local postmasters to give postal employees and citizens the opportunity to respond to the letters in the program that became known as Operation Santa. In 1940, the amount of mail for Santa was so large the Postal Service invited charitable organizations and corporations to participate in providing written responses to the letters and small gifts to the kids who wrote them.
Since that time, the program has taken on a life of its own. Post Offices in cities all across the country today allow major corporations, charities, local businesses and individuals to "adopt" letters to Santa to make children's holiday dreams come true.
This program has always been completely voluntary. If a Post Office chooses to participate, they must follow the established guidelines which have been enacted to protect the identities of both the children and their families as well as the volunteers. The guidelines are somewhat labor intensive and due to shrinking resources, many Post Offices have opted out of participating. The Postal Service doesn't receive tax funds for operations, further pressuring many Post Offices to make some difficult decisions, including whether to participate in this purely optional program.
Unfortunately, there are only two participating Operation Santa Post Offices within the state of Texas, in Blanco and Austin. There are however a very large number of Operation Santa Post Offices throughout the country. In order to ensure that your child's letter gets routed to Santa from here in The Woodlands, have them address the letter to: SANTA CLAUS, THE NORTH POLE. You can then take the letter to the Post Office when the kids aren't around *wink, wink* and a Post Office employee can get it routed to one of the participating Post Offices for you. Or, if getting to the Post Office alone just isn't a possibility, you can click here for a list of participating Operation Santa Post Office addresses to send the letter directly.
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