Dear Santa: How USPS will help Santa send a real letter to your kiddo this season

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The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to send letters from Santa, complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here's how to make it happen:

— Ask your child to write Santa a letter, then place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

— Later, when you're alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response. Insert it into a new envelope addressed to your child with the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE.

— Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as the one shown here.

— Place the stamped response letter into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope — with appropriate postage, and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Once there, Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

You can also share your experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

The USPS offers a few more tips for adding personal touches to Santa's reply:
To save paper, write on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year. For example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
This is a great activity for Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

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