How Your Kids Can Write To Santa And Get A Response

There’s way to have your kids write to Santa, and get a genuine response with authentic ‘North Pole’ markings on an envelope, thanks to the USPS.

By nowproducerdave on December 4, 2017
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It’s that time of the year again – long lines, shopping, crowds, and kids begging to write to Santa. But how can they? Sure, you could let them write, then take their letter, and write your own response, but if your goal is to make it look as real as possible, this might be your solution.

This letter will actually go through the mail, and will actually get a response from the “North Pole.” It’s being made possible by the workers at a post office in Anchorage, Alaska. No, that’s not the North Pole, but it will be for this exercise. They say to use these steps to make it happen:

1) Have your kid write their letter to Santa, addressing the envelope to “Santa Claus, North Pole.”
2) Once your kid goes back to whatever they were doing (or to bed, etc), open the letter, and write the reply.
3) Put your response in another envelope that’s addressed to your child. Throw on a first-class stamp, and mark the return address as “Santa, North Pole.”
4) Put all that inside a larger envelope, “with the appropriate postage.”
5) Send it to:
North Pole Postmark Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Then wait for it to come back, with all the appropriate postage saying “North Pole.” They say that you should get it to them quickly, anything they receive after December 15th won’t be returned because there just wouldn’t be time to get it back to your kid by Christmas.

Sure there are easier (and probably cheaper) ways to get a letter from Santa back to your kid, but this one comes with authentic, USPS-issued “North Pole” markings on the envelope (in addition to the envelope you filled out earlier that has “Santa, North Pole” as the return address), because it’s genuinely going through the mail system. Pretty cool!


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