Canada Post’s Santa letter program offers a great opportunity for philatelists and the general public alike to introduce their children and grandchildren to sending letters in the mail.
Sacks of letters have started arriving at Santa’s home at the North Pole, and Canada Post’s postal elves are busy helping jolly old Saint Nick with his mail. You can still send a letter to Santa by the Dec. 9 deadline to receive a reply before the 2022 holidays. To receive an actual letter from Santa, the postal elves ask senders to include a return address in their letter, and Santa will send back a letter.
Mail all letters from one family in the same envelope, include a return address, and drop the letter in any Canada Post mailbox. No stamps are required to mail a letter to Santa in Canada.
Here is Santa’s address:
“Keep the Santa letter-writing tradition alive,” says the postal elves. “Get our letter-writing tips and download our fun letter templates to make sure Santa replies before the big day!”
Not requiring a stamp might make the program more accessible, but it doesn’t promote philately : (
I wonder if mail actually heads to Montreal, where postal codes begin with “H”, or if they’re handled by local volunteers.
It would be interesting to learn how many countries have a Santa program like this. The US one has folks write to “North Pole 88888”, a special ZIP Code for a location in Washington, DC (never mind that Nevada comes closest to having that code). Notice there is no country name added, something Canada Post could learn from, since this is a domestic program and there is no need to add “Canada” to the address. Kids could learn you don’t put it on mail within the country. CSN need not add it, either.