The most wonderful time of the year is also the U.S. Postal Service's busiest.
Between now and Christmas, they'll deliver 15 billion pieces of mail, and some of those have a long way to go.
“We get tons of letters from children addressed to Santa or the North Pole,” Mike Cooke, United States Postal Service Corporate Communications Manager told WQAD. “So we do our best to get those to Santa’s helpers.”
Each year, the postal service receives millions of letters from little kids addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole.
And every year, they help Santa's elves answer them.
It's called "Operation Santa," a 105-year-old USPS program in which employees sort the letters, read them and send return letters from Santa himself back to kids who've made the "Nice List."
“It reminds us of the spirit of Christmas,” Cooke said. “This is a very busy time for us, but it kind of brings you back.”
Here's how your family can get involved:
- Have your child write a letter to Santa.
- You give Santa a hand, by writing the response for him.
- Put both letters in a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Mark the return address as "Santa, North Pole."
- Put that envelope in a bigger envelope addressed to:
North Pole Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530
But don't wait! Time is running out.
The "North Pole" must receive your child's letter by Friday, Dec. 15, in order for it to be signed by Santa, stamped by the North Pole, and returned to you by Christmas.