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Writing Letters to Santa: A Timeless Tradition

How to get a reply letter from the North Pole

Writing a letter to Santa is a timeless childhood tradition. Plus, it keeps kids connected to the act of letter writing with good old pen and paper. We have been very lucky in our little town to get a response from Santa every year. There are volunteers at our post office that send letters back to my kids and they usually add in some stickers or other fun trinkets. Here are a few tips to get Santa to reply.

Always start with a heartfelt letter from your child. Be sure they aren't just mailing a list of toys they want. Have them add a wish for a friend, a neighbor, a family member or their community. This makes the letter more personal and gives the respondent something to write about in their letter.

Address the envelope "Santa Clause North Pole." Postage is not necessary. We have drawn our stamps, or used Christmas stickers in the corner where a stamp should go. But be sure to add your return address in the corner. Otherwise, the elves won't know where to send Santa's reply.

Send your letter early to allow volunteers time to respond. The Christmas season is a very busy time for mail carriers and postal workers. We like to write our letters during our Thanksgiving break and send them out. It can take weeks for a reply, but so far we have received one every year.

If your post office does not have volunteers sending back a Santa reply letter, send one yourself. Compose a reply letter as if it were from Santa and put it in an envelope addressed to your child, add the return address of The North Pole and a postage stamp. Place that inside another envelope and address to:

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Don't forget the postage! All letters received before December 8th will be sent back before Christmas. This looks official with a North Pole postmark stamp and return address. Your kid will love it! The service is free except for the cost of postage. Get all the details here.

If you want to get even fancier you can purchase a letter from a service and add in extra bells and whistles like sticker packs, an "official" wax seal on the envelope, coloring bundles, reindeer food and more. This will cost more money, but may be worth it if your child enjoys the extra magic. 

Happy writing!

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