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Santa Will Reply to Letters from Children in Wheaton

Thanks to a very special U.S. Postal Service program, "Santa" will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season.

Every year, millions of children sit down to make a wish list for Santa, hoping he will make all of their Christmas dreams come true.

But what if Santa actually wrote back? The United States Postal Service is now accepting "Letters From Santa," a program that allows parents and caregivers to play Santa by sending a letter signed by Saint Nick to a child.

According to a postal service news release, "The 'Letters From Santa' program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children."

Instructions to send a letter from Santa:

  1. Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it "From Santa." Put the letter in an envelope addressed to your child with the return address SANTA, NORTH POLE.
  2. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
  3. Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to:
    NORTH POLE POSTMARK
    POSTMASTER
    4141 POSTMARK DR
    ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
  4. Your letter “from Santa” will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.
  5. “Letters From Santa” must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK postmaster by no later than Dec. 10. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.

In Wheaton, letters to Santa can be dropped off at the Wheaton Post Office at either 146 Danada Square West or 122 N. Wheaton Ave. downtown Wheaton.

Kids in Wheaton can also drop off letters in Santa's mailbox Dec. 1-10 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 Blanchard St.

TELL US: Do your children plan on writing a letter to Santa this year?

Sheri Rovansek November 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
My child is going to write a letter to Santa. There is a special mailbox at the Wheaton Park District Community Center from December 1st - the 10th where she drops it off. Santa then writes a handwritten letter back to her before Christmas.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Thanks for reminding me, Sheri! I am going to add that in (here's the event: http://wheaton.patch.com/events/santas-mailbox-457feb77).

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