NORTH POLE, CANADA – “Treat every day like Christmas,” “There’s room for everyone on the Nice List” and “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loudly for all to hear.” Santa’s Chief Postal Elf reminded all her crew — new and old — of these rules just last week. Santa’s 9,000 postal elves have their pens, pencils and mailbags ready to receive letters from children all over the world.
Santa’s postal elves will help him answer more than one million letters in more than 30 different languages, including Braille. More than 21.8 million letters have been received at Santa’s North Pole Post Office since 1982.
According to Santa’s CPE (Chief Postal Elf), Holly T. Elf, there are three golden rules in sending a letter to Santa:
1) Make sure you include your return address! While Santa knows where you live, his postal elves need your address to deliver Santa’s letter to your home. After all, not everyone has access to Rudolph!
2) Send your letter soon! Already letters are arriving from across the world and Santa is busy reading them every night with Mrs. Claus. He encourages you to send your letter soon to ensure he’ll have enough time to answer each and every one of them. Letters must be mailed by Dec. 17 to allow enough time for travel to the North Pole and back!
3) Remember Santa’s address: When your letter is ready, drop it in a mailbox anywhere in Canada and the postal elves will make sure it gets to the big man quickly. Santa has a special arrangement with the post office and a stamp is not required. But please remember any other letter or card being sent to Grandma or anyone else needs a stamp. Santa’s address is:
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
The Santa Letter-writing Program is an employee-led volunteer initiative with current and retired employees donating more than 226,000 hours of time. The program, a classroom tradition with teachers, encourages children to read, write letters, and learn about the mail system.