Letters from Santa Postmarked from the North Pole!

November 17, 2014Allison Murray
Send letters postmarked from the North Pole. Hurry. the deadline is December 10!

Send letters postmarked from the North Pole. Hurry. the deadline is December 10!
In my family we have had a longstanding tradition of really giving the littl’ins a fun experience with Santa Claus. When I was a kid, Santa would call my sister and I on Christmas Eve to let us know what we were doing well, how we were misbehaving and to excite us to the point that it generally made it even more difficult to go to sleep. Little did we know that Santa was actually my Uncle Les.

Nowadays he’s called Uncle Skunk and he has maintained the long-held tradition and calls my sister’s kids every Christmas Eve without fail. Last year I decided to get in on the action in my own crafty way. For the first time, the boys received letters from Santa that were actually postmarked from the North Pole!

What I do is I write a letter with a bit of fluff, what they’re doing right, doing wrong and a few inside jokes. Then I include a picture I find online of Santa doing something interesting. I print off my letters, hand them to Santa F. Claus (Russell) for his authentic signature and leave the rest to the US Postal service!

Want to know how to do this yourself? I’ve made some Microsoft Word templates for the letterhead and envelope. Plus, I’ll share with you the letters I wrote to the boys in case you need some inspiration. You can also Google letter from Santa for some that are a bit less, shall we say, colorful.

For this project you will need:

STEP 1: Open the letter Word file, change out your kid’s name and write their letter. Here is an example Santa letter and here is the other letter.

Good things to include stuff that is going to impress them. Add their age, their teacher’s name or be sure to use the names of their siblings. Include some interesting thing that only an omniscient being like Santa (or Mom) could know. Include inside jokes, for instance, we have one where my nephew insists that Santa slid off the roof one year so that is often referenced. Also include things that they may be fretting over. Last year I  made sure to let the kids know that it was cool that they didn’t have a chimney since they were wigging out a little about that.

Print your letter and have someone sign Santa’s name in handwriting they won’t recognize. I always hand over a pen with colored ink so they can really tell that it is a real signature because I have found it is amazing the things kids will pick up on!

STEP 2: Open the envelope file and update with your child’s mailing address. Print and make sure that it prints correctly. If the address and return address are upside down on the envelope the USPS may return it to you without processing it.

Letters from Santa Stamped from the NORTH POLE! - Dream a Little Bigger

STEP 3: Add personal or special things. I add a candid shot that Santa took for them that I find using Google image search (by the by, I kept constantly running into this Santa and it started to really weird me out – don’t click if you don’t want to see a half naked dude).  This year I used some really great ones from Santa Television – Santa’s Internet TV since 2000. There are a bunch to choose from and in the event you’ve got some smart kiddos, Santa is the same guy in all of them. Don’t want someone pointing out that he’s actually a different fella’ in some of them.

STEP4: Tri-fold your letter and include printed pictures or other personalized items. Seal the envelope up and stick on a first class stamp.

Send letters postmarked from the North Pole. Hurry. the deadline is December 10!

STEP 5: Place all of the letters you are sending in one much larger envelope (I use one of those orange letter sized jobbies) and use adequate postage. Send to:

NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK
POSTMASTER
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Please take note that any envelope over a certain size or weight will need to be dropped off to a USPS postal agent in person. If you try to drop it in a mail slot or leave it in your mailbox it will boomerang its way there and back to you with a stamp explaining that you need to take it into the PO in person.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Should you decide that you want to use your own envelope, the return address must read: Santa, North Pole
  • Be sure to use your own return address on the outer envelope (being sent to Alaska)
  • The deadline by which your package must be received is December 15, 2014.
  • Packages over a certain size/weight will need to be taken directly to the post office in person.
  • Visit the USPS for more information.
  • Special thanks to the Graphics Fairy for an awesome Santa graphic used in the free files.

Comments (11)

  • Nancy

    November 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Thank~You, Such a Great idea. The envelope link either was linked to the letter or Amazon.com, no envelope. Just a FYI

    Huggs, Nancy

    1. Allison

      November 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Thanks much, Nancy. The link has been corrected so you can get your envelope template, too :)

  • Heather

    December 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Do you happen to know if you can FedEx the letters to the post office?

    1. Allison

      December 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      I don’t believe so. But the contact number 1-800-ASK-USPS can help you out!

    2. Allison

      December 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      No, I don’t believe so.

  • Gina Hontiveros

    January 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Do you know if this service is still available after Christmas? My daughter has written a letter to Santa thanking him for her gifts and to check on how he & Mrs. Claus are doing. I would like to write the return letter and use this process so that it looks official with the postmark. Thanks Gina!
    1/29/2014

    1. Allison

      January 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Unfortunately I believe this is a volunteer driven operation. The deadline is in early December each year. I hope you can think of a way Santa can support your super courteous and polite daughter :)

  • Brenda

    November 17, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    It is now 2014, IS this program still going on this year? Do you know what the deadline is for this year?
    I would love to do this for my children. Thank you.

    1. Allison Murray

      November 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      It is! The info has been updated. Big thanks for the reminder!

  • Don Russell

    November 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    New Information from thier web site for 2014

    NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK
    POSTMASTER
    4141 POSTMARK DR
    ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

    http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2014/pr14_063.htm

    1. Allison Murray

      November 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Thanks so much, Don! It’s good to know they’ve changed the info since September :)

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