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Yes. Santa’s real! Kids will truly believe when Santa writes back!

Yes, America – there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa!

We are delighted to kick off the holiday mailing season with the start of our annual “Letters from Santa” program, which has made children’s dreams come true for more than a century.

“Letters from Santa” is an annual letter-writing program where parents can route a letter “from Santa” to the North Pole for cancellation. Yes, kids can get their letters addressed to Santa Claus returned with a North Pole postmark – with the help of their parents, of course!

Here’s how you can fulfill your child’s holiday wishes this year:

1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and have them seal it in an envelope they address to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

2. Tell the child that you’ll place a stamp on it and mail it to St. Nick for them.

3. Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa mention it’s important to be green and that’s why he’s is writing on the back.

4. When responding, be sure to reference your child’s notable accomplishments not included in their 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.

5. Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at their home address. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp.

6. Place the stamped envelope into a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:

NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER

4141 POSTMARK DR

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

7. Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014.

8. The Anchorage Postmaster will open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home.

9. When Santa’s letter arrives, have your camera ready when you ask your child to open the letter and read it out loud.

10. Tweet and Instagram the photos using the #SantaLetters hashtag and post them on Facebook. Keep the letters in a scrapbook as a great family keepsake along with the photos.

We look forward to helping you keep the magic alive for your child this holiday season!

For more information on USPS’ Letters from Santa program, please visit usps.com/holidaynews.

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