Was your mailbox spilling over yesterday? It should have been. It was the busiest day of the year for our mail carriers as they delivered packages, holiday cards. and of course, thousands of letters to Santa.
Hopefully, a large number of children across the land will receive at least a couple gifts from their Christmas list. But for many years their letters to Santa stopped right at the post office. However, around a hundred years ago postal clerks grew upset over the growing number of letters which never reached the North Pole and the post office decided to put an end to unread Santa letters. Understanding many of the letters shared real needs from children, the clerks pooled together their lunch money to purchase gifts for the neediest of children. Today, the program is known as Letters to Santa. New York City responds to more than 500,000 letters each year, naming their program Operation Santa.
These days, the postal service is in need of support. If you would like to adopt a letter to Santa, read more to see how you can become an elf!
By the way, if you’re not keen to stand in long lines at the post office this week, don’t forget you can easily order postage online. The custom postage selection is worth the extra cost, especially this Central Park Snowy Path stamp.