Letters to Santa & USPS Shipping Deadlines

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter, complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Ensure the envelope is affixed with a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a recently issued Charlie Brown Christmas stamp.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope — with appropriate postage, and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark DriveAdvertisementAnchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2015. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service, will take care of the rest.

2015 MAIL-BY DATES

December 1, 2015 – First-Class & Priority Mail International
December 8, 2015 – Priority Mail Express International
December 15, 2015 – Standard post
December 18, 2015 – First Class Mail
December 19, 2015 – Global Express Guaranteed
December 20, 2015 – Priority Mail
December 22, 2015 – Priority Mail Express

Military mail dates can be found here
Check all 2015 holiday shipping deadlines here

About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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