If your kids are anything like mine, they’re already talking a lot about what they want for Christmas this year. My two are also super excited to write their letters to Santa next week — we have a family tradition of writing the letters during our family night the Monday after Thanksgiving.
My girls are getting old enough that they would be thrilled to get a letter back from Santa, not to mention that they love getting mail in general. So I decided to look into what it takes to actually get a reply from the North Pole. I found some helpful info from the U.S. Postal Service, which explains how to mail a reply letter from Santa with a real North Pole cancellation on the stamp.
First you need a letter written to your child and signed from Santa. You can create the letter yourself or download our free Letter From Santa Template. It is a Microsoft Word file so you can edit the text and personalize it.
Next you will need two envelopes — one that will fit inside of the other. Place the letter from Santa in the smaller envelope and seal. Address it to your child including your full address, and write a return address from “Santa Claus, North Pole.” Affix a first class stamp (be sure to use an actual stamp not a meter).
Put the smaller, addressed envelope inside the larger envelope and mail to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
Since things obviously get busy up at the North Pole, your Letter from Santa must arrive in Fairbanks, AK, before December 10. The post office recommends mailing by December 5.
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4 thoughts on “Letters From Santa”
Santa Claus is the ageless white bearded man who delivers gifts on Christmas and always returns with his reindeer to Ear Fell, in Lapland. Santa Claus is assisted by a busy group of elves. At one stage it was thought that Santa Claus lives in the North Pole. In 1925 it was discovered that there are no reindeer in the North Pole but there are lots of them in Lapland, in the northernmost part of Finland. So today we know that Santa Claus lives in Lapland’s Korvatunturi which in Finnish means “Ear Fell.” This fell is situated on Finland’s eastern frontier in Savukoski’s municipality. There are ten times more reindeer than people in Savukoski. You can also order special Santa Letters from there. I just did it. More information: http://www.santapost.fi
You. Are. Amazing.
An update (11/2011) for the address:
NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-999
Thanks! We’ll make a note of that :)