Letters from Santa at the North Pole
Can you imagine not only sending your child's Christmas wish list off to Santa Claus up at the North Pole - but then receiving a stamped sent direct from the North Pole response for your little one before Christmas!?! Say what?
I was at the post office in Sterling last year when one of the tellers mentioned to me this program offered by our United States Post Office. Although I didnt get it together quick enough you better believe I wanted to this year! Cutting it close but there is still time -they reccomend you mail them out by December 8th.
Virginia friends here is what you need to know about Letters from Santa:
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service™ can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with the North Pole Postmark! The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.
We recommend sending Letters from Santa by December 8 so that they can be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than December 15. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest!
Here is what you need to do:
1. Have the child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
A classic Christmas wish list letter to Santa will do - but why not expand the tradition some and use one of the many interview like these easily found on Pinterest, click here. Our favorite ones have the children answer their name and some of their current favorite things - we played it off as Santa and the elves need to know so they can find you some special Christmas gifts.
The Letters to Santa program also has a free printable kids letter kit to Santa telling them what to do and has lots of fun free paper layouts,click here.
2. Write a personalized response to the child's letter and sign it "From Santa."
Now you get to embrace the holiday spirit and send your child Santa's response. Knowing that the letter will arrive just before Christmas we liked the notes that encouraged the littles to be on their best behavior cause Santa and his elves were watching. To make the letter feel even more magical - I decided to antique Santa's special stationaty with tea - remebering projects my Mom had done when we were kids. The FREE printable I have fallen in love with was created and shared by Samantha on Your Golden Ticket Blog click here. The be sure to save it somewhere so you can keep the same stationary for years to come. If you need some inspiration on what Santa may say in response to your kiddos check out the over 17 various suggested letters from the Post Office by clicking here.
To antique the paper using tea or coffee - first turn on the oven to 200 degrees let it warm up while you write the response out in pen on the paper regular ink not something that is usually prone to bleeding. Then pour some tea or coffee water into a completely flat/smooth baking sheet place the paper in let it soak up the staining liquid. Use a brush help make sure the liquid goes all over the top of the paper wait a minute or so and then pour out the excess liquid. Place paper on baking sheet into the oven for 10-15 minutes unitl the paper is dried completely from the liquid and the sides start to curl up some. Loved the way these turned out this year. Difference between the tea and the coffe dying.
3. Insert response 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.
Take a trip with the littles to the post office and have them help send the letters off to Santa. Just make sure you sneak to get the proper postage on the return envelop and letters you have concealed inside.
6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER 4141 POSTMARK DR ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
Tips when participating from the Post Office:
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.
Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.
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