Families all across America are breezing past the Thanksgiving holiday and getting a jump start on Christmas time! The second week of November marks national “Dear Santa Letter Week,” where children can write in their letters to Santa Claus and receive a letter back from the North Pole. 

The tradition began more than 100 years ago, when in 1912, Postmaster General, Frank Hitchcock, permitted local postmasters to allow their employees to respond to letters received during the holiday season. 

The United States Postal Service said, “in the 1940s, mail volume for Santa increased so much so that the Postal Service extended the same invitation to charitable organizations, community groups and corporations to help respond to children who wrote letters to Santa.” 

This weekend, I sat up a “Dear Santa” letter-writing station at the West Town Mall, to allow children of all ages to have their wishes be heard by Santa. I will be sending off more than ten different letters to the North Pole, this holiday season, and below is a step-by-step process from USPS on how your children can receive letters from the North Pole too. 
Here’s how:

1. Have the child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

2. Write a personalized response to the child’s letter and sign it “From Santa.”

3. Insert both letters into an envelope, and address it to the child.

4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.

5. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.

6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Hoping Santa answers all of those Christmas wishes this holiday season!