Write a letter to Santa, get a reply with help from the U.S. Postal Service

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NORTH POLE (WRIC) — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter, complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here’s how your child can 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 you’re 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. Ensure the envelope is affixed with a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a recently issued Charlie Brown Christmas stamp.
  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 Postmaster 4141 Postmark Drive Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

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

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #LettersFromSanta.

Here are some extra tips from the U.S. Postal Service:

  • Write on the back of your child’s letter. This will keep the letters together and your child will always 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 sports or community service activities.
  • This is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

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