For me, the Christmas season starts in earnest today, on Thanksgiving. Once I see the big guy in red pass by at the big NYC parade, I'm all about hauling out the holly.
My kids however, have been embracing the holiday since Halloween was over. Earlier this month they wrote letters to Santa Claus. And now that my Christmas spirit has caught up with theirs, I'm going to take advantage of a great (free!) service from the U.S. Postal Service.
Their "Letters From Santa" program lets you send a letter from Santa to any special person in your life, postmarked from the North Pole. Here's how to do it:
- Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it "From Santa."
- Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address, SANTA, NORTH POLE.
- Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
- Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
- Your letter "From Santa" will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.
"Letters From Santa" must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012.
Such a great service and it's free! Note that this program is a different one from the "Operation Santa" program, where postal customers are able to answer letters from needy children and send them a gift and a letter from Santa. (Customers are not provided the child's address in the "Operation Santa" program.)
Has your child written a letter to Santa?
Image: U.S. Postal Service