How to Contact Santa Claus

Everyone needs to know how to contact Santa Claus, no matter what their age. Thankfully Santa Claus has gotten on the technology bandwagon, complete with tracking devices and numerous Santa Web sites. If you have a computer, you can contact Santa and even spend Christmas Eve tracking Santa's flight around the world.

Why So Many Sites?
Some precocious children may wonder why Santa needs so many Web sites. Tell them that Santa is a very busy man and his workload is enormous. Santa and his elves are on a roll from morning to night, day in and day out and still find it hard to keep up. There have been expanded sleigh routes with additional children, and many requests to help adults. After a serious discussion with Mrs. Claus and his elves, Santa decided it was time to check out the Internet.

By employing additional helpers, Santa has not only been able to keep up with his list, he has made a lot of people happy by selecting them as his helpers. Allowing each Web site helper to design a separate Web site has also been beneficial, as some families prefer one site over another, which means no child gets left out.

Contacting Santa Claus
Santa Claus' main Web site is affiliated with the US Postal Service. When using the Postal Service to send a snail-mail letter to Santa Claus, make sure you remember your return address and complete zip code. Santa knows this information, but all letters sent in the United States must have this information. Even letters being sent to the North Pole must have a complete return address, or they may never arrive on Santa's desk.

The official mailing address for Santa is the following:

Santa Claus
PO Box 56099
North Pole, Alaska 99705-1099

Savvy parents will know that a self-addressed, stamped envelope inside, perhaps containing a written letter from Santa, will be returned to your child with a North Pole postmark. There are also several Web sites that let you e-mail Santa, if you'd prefer not to mail a letter.

Different post offices handle the letters to Santa Claus differently. If you are interested in helping your local post office deliver Santa Claus letters, contact them directly or contact Operation Santa Claus. Operation Santa Claus began in the early 1920s in the post office located in New York City. Today it is estimated that over a million letters are sent to Santa Claus annually. For more information, contact Operation Santa Claus directly at: http://www.operationlettertosanta.com/ .

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