So did you know that the US Postal Service has a Letters to Santa Program? It is pretty darn cool.
Not only can you mail your child’s letter to Santa, but your child will get a real live legit response!
Helps to keep the magic of Santa alive and prove he is real!
Here is how you do it:
1. Have your kid write a letter to Santa: If they can’t write it themselves of course they can dictate it to you to write. Otherwise let them practice their writing! Try to keep it to one page. It doesn’t have to be a list of toys they want – it can also be a thank you note to Santa if that is easier.
Have them put their letter in an envelope, addressed to:
2. Write a response to your child from Santa: You can write a recap of things they did this year or how things are at the North Pole etc. You may want to type your response or disguise your handwriting. If you draw a blank and do not know what to write, you can find tons of free printable templates online. Place this letter in a second envelope addressed to your child, with a return address of Santa Claus, North Pole. Make sure to put a stamp on this envelope.
Tip: USPS suggests writing the response from Santa on the back of your child’s letter to save space and to make sure your kiddo will remember what they wrote and so you can keep the original letter for your scrapbook.
3. Assemble and Mail It: Place everything into a larger envelope (like a Priority Mail Flat Rate or manilla envelope) and make sure there is adequate postage.
This large envelope should contain:
1 letter to Santa in an envelope addressed to Santa
1 response from Santa in an envelope addressed to child with an actual postage stamp (and Santa’s return address)
Address this larger envelope to:
North Pole Postmark
4141 Postmark Dr.
Anchorage, Ak 99530-9998
The rest is up to Santa’s busy elves at the Postal Service.
Important: The USPS recommends having the letters sent no later than Dec. 8 so that they can arrive at the Anchorage, AK office by Dec. 15.
Soon your child will get a response letter from “Santa” in the mail with a real post mark from the North Pole!
Our kids will only believe in Santa for a little while longer so why not?!?! I am putting mine in the mail tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing my kids reaction. Santa Magic!