The Postal Service is helping parents prove to children that Santa does exist by replying to a letter – complete with a North Pole postmark.
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(RNN) – As Thanksgiving approaches, buying gifts for Christmas is on top of many to-do lists, but before spending any money this year, here are a few holiday tips for a stress-free shopping experience.
Most important, start shopping early. Don’t put it off – waiting until a week before Christmas to purchase gifts is a ticket for the trouble train. Shopping during “rush days” will limit your pick of good items, and you’ll run the risk of being stampeded by other procrastinators.
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Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:
Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.”
When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____, or Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math, etc. Sign it Santa Claus with a P.S. to get to bed early Christmas Eve.
Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at his or her home. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole, as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp – such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.
Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:
NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR.
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15.
The Anchorage Postmaster will then open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home.)