With a little stealth, a few envelopes and postage to Anchorage, Alaska, millions of moms and dads will enlist Santa’s helpers as their own holiday assistants this Christmas.
It’s officially December — and finally appropriate to play all the Christmas music you want — which means kids across the country are beginning to prep their Christmas wish lists and letters to Santa Claus. But to get an official response from St. Nick with a North Pole postmark, parents need to follow a few steps.
After your child writes a letter, let him or her address it, simply, to “Santa Claus” at “The North Pole.”
Then, open the envelope and write Santa’s response on the back of the letter. The post office recommends a personalized note.
“When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year,” the U.S. Postal Service website reads. “Helping around the house, receiving good grades or participating in community service activities,” are examples the USPS offers.
Use a new envelope to address Santa’s response to your child, with “Santa, North Pole” as the return address, and affix the proper postage — the post office recommends one of its festive “Christmas Carols Forever” stamps.
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Finally, grab a larger envelope, again with the necessary postage, and address it to:
North Pole Postmark
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998
The USPS said that all “Letters to Santa” must arrive by Dec. 15 in order to receive a response by Christmas. The service projects that it will handle more than 15 billion total pieces of mail throughout the holidays — three billion between Dec. 18 and 24 alone.