How to Send a Letter to Santa

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Help a child send a letter to Santa Claus and ensure she gets a reply letter from the jolly old man to spark the magic of Christmas. There are several programs where children can send letters to Santa via the post office. These programs are free but do rely on donations from supporters as well as volunteer helpers. Make sure you get your child's letter sent out early so her letter from Santa makes it back to her before Christmas.

Letters from Santa

  • According to the United States Post Office, letters written to Santa started appearing at post offices across the country more than a hundred years ago. In 1912, the USPS officially gave postal workers permission to read the letters and respond to them. Today, the USPS has a program known as Operation Santa, where people read letters sent in by children and respond to the children by mail or send gifts to children in need. New York City does not participate in the national Operation Christmas Program because it has its own official program. To participate in either of these programs, children just need to address their letters to Santa and mail them in. Include a self-addressed return envelope with your letter. The Santa Claus Museum in Santa Claus, Indiana, is another place where children may write Santa and receive return mail for free. The museum has been in operation since 1914. It is funded by donations. Send your child’s letter to Santa Claus, PO Box 1, Santa Claus, IN, 47579, to get a response from the museum. Include a return envelope with the child's address on it.

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