The Postal Service's Letters to Santa program is celebrating 102 years of helping make children's holiday wishes come true. Although USPS began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 102 years ago, its involvement was made official in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters. Today, the popular holiday program is known nationwide as Letters to Santa. The exception is New York City, where the city's own Operation Santa, the largest in the country, responds to more than 500,000 letters each year. Thousands of volunteers work with Post Offices to respond to letters from children of all ages listing their holiday wishes. Once again this year, employees, members of the public, charitable organizations and corporations can help USPS respond to the letters at Post Offices around the country by participating in the Letters to Santa program.
Speaking of Santa, did you know your child could get letters from Santa Clause and Rudolph
or even get a postcard from Santa
? Sophia was beyond excited when she got her package and postcard (2 separate things). What I call the "package" is a lovely typed letter on Christmas themed paper directed to Sophia and responding to items she likes, which you fill in when you order your customized letter. One letter is from Santa Clause and the other letter is from Rudolph and even has a "reindeer print" as his signature! It also includes a "nice list" certificate personalized with your childs name as well as stickers and temporary tattoos. Both the postcard and "package" is customized based off of what you select and put into it. So no two letters or postcards will be alike because everyone has different responses. You can select from a list of answers to have put in or you can type in your own custom responses. It`s all up to you. I love that the letters casually play your responses in rather than just a list of things.
For Sophia, I tried to play with her and say "no way Santa sent you a letter!" and she said he did because it came from the North Pole. Yes, it`s addressed from the North Pole and stamped from the North Pole! Keep the holiday spirit alive and your child`s imagination and belief in Santa Clause alive. This makes a great gift and a great keepsake to look back on when your child is older to remember the fun holidays she/he had as a child.
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