The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > Comments on Cecil's Columns/Staff Reports

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-25-2008, 05:16 AM
aldiboronti aldiboronti is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Troynovant
Posts: 5,181
Is there a Santa Claus?

Link to Cecil's column: Is there a Santa Claus?

I recall in Miracle on 34th Street they put Kris Kringle up on trial for false pretenses and at the last moment the US Postal Service wheeled in bags of mail addressed to him, thus showing the American government believed in Santa (by delivering the mail) and putting a torpedo through the prosecution's case.

Does the Postal Service still deliver mail addressed to Santa, and if so to where?
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 12-25-2008, 04:39 PM
Irishman Irishman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
From http://www.usps.com/communications/n...2007_1203a.htm

Quote:
While Santa receives most letters addressed to him at the North Pole, some are made available to organizations and individuals who want help those in need. Many Santa letters will be answered by a variety of Santa's helpers — charitable organizations, employees of local Post Offices and individual volunteers who want to help make children's holiday wishes come true. Contact your local Postmaster to find out how and where you can participate.

Santa’s Reply Letters – North Pole Postmark

The Postal Service is helping create holiday memories for children. Parents, guardians and other Santa’s helpers can craft a response from Santa and mail it in a second envelope to the Fairbanks, AK, Post Office. Postal elves at the nearby North Pole Post Office will open the envelopes, postmark Santa's reply letters and mail them back to the children they are addressed to.
From what they put in their FAQ, most letters "to Santa" are actually sent to a local family proxy (i.e. aunts and uncles, etc). However, if you want to send something and get a "return letter from Santa", they have a courtesy service to postmark letters from "The North Pole".

No answer is given on what they do with letters that kids send out "To Santa" with no other address.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright © 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.