USPS Helps Santa Send Letters to Kids From the North Pole


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Looking for a fun activity for your child? How about writing a letter to Santa? The U.S. Postal Service is helping kids receive letters from Santa this year, complete with a North Pole postmark. The USPS is also offering a "Peanuts Letter to Santa Kit" for $5.99 for those Peanuts fans out there.

To receive a letter from Santa, you’ll just need to have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

Yep! That’s a real address this year.

Then, you simply follow these steps:

  1. Wait until you’re alone, open the envelope and write a personal response as if you are Santa. Tip: If you write the response on the flip side of your child’s letter to Santa, you’ll save on paper, and your child’s letter to Santa and Santa reply will be together forever.
  2. Insert that Santa response letter into an envelope and address it to your child, adding the return address SANTA, NORTH POLE to the envelope.
  3. Affix a first class mail stamp on the envelope.
  4. Put the envelope into a larger envelope — the U.S. Postal Service suggests a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage — and address it to: North Pole Postmark Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Drive Anchorage, AK 99530-9998.
  5. Make sure you mail the envelope in time for it to be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Then sit back and wait for Santa’s reply.

If you’re looking for an activity at Thanksgiving for your younger kids, this activity is perfect, allowing family and friends to get in on the fun. Also check out the range of beautiful holiday stamps available this year.

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