As child, there was no amount of homework that warranted my attention and study near as much as writing my annual letter to Santa.

The department store catalogues had to be vetted with care, and a list strategically thought out. To my mind, it was important not to make the list too long as to not seem greedy. Therefore, determining only the most vital items was key.

In a digital world, it is nice to know that to reach Santa, you still need to do it the old-fashioned way. And now, you can get a reply from Santa too... with a little subterfuge.

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The reply comes with a little help from Mom & Dad and a Post Office program called 'Operation Santa.'  Each year, USPS employees volunteer to read the millions of letters to Santa, and in many cases, send replies.

Here's how you can ensure your child receives a reply from the 'big guy.'

  1. Have your child write their letter, and write a response to your child yourself 'from Santa.'
  2. Put both letters in a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a return address of "Santa, North Pole."
  3. Put all the materials in a larger envelope and address it to:

North Pole Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530

The deadline to get your letter in the mail to receive a letter back from Santa is next Friday, December 15th, so get writing!