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Meowy Christmas from Waldo

Waldo, the Post’s official greeter and extremely social office cat, is missing all of our customers! He’s here to wish you a very “meowy” Christmas while wearing this cute Santa hat. And despite that cute, innocent, fuzzy face, he is hoping to get it off as soon as possible! Publisher Lois Allen and office manager Mary Randall “convinced” Waldo to don the hat while feeding him some delicious treats, but the bribery didn’t last long. Both Waldo and the staff at the Post hope to be able to see you all again soon!

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Christmas Coloring Contest winners

Thank you to all who entered our Christmas Coloring Contest. Choosing a winner from each age group is always a tough decision. Congratulations to all our winners listed above. 

Winners may pick up their $50 Visa Gift Cards on Monday, Dec. 28 or after at our office located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs or call for other arrangements 616-696-3655. Our Office hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  Tuesday Noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday Noon to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed Fridays.

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Get ready for the busiest mailing and shipping week

Don’t get caught unprepared; our priority: Yule

Grand Rapids MI — You’re very nearly there! It’s the last week to get those holiday gifts and greetings in the mail by the recommended deadlines. Dec. 14 – 21 is expected to be the Postal Service’s busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season. 

This has been an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the COVID-19 pandemic—and the Postal Service is expecting significant increases in the volume of mail and packages. Sunday delivery has been expanded in select high package volume locations, and the agency already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

Wrap it up without leaving home

If you prefer to handle shipping your gifts online, the Postal Service has you covered. You can easily ship that holiday gift, order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup from usps.com and our Click-N-Ship feature. An added bonus is, usps.com is always open.

2020 Holiday shipping deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:

  • Dec. 15 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express service
  • Dec. 18 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 18 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 19 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service

Alaska

  • Dec. 18 — Alaska to/from Continental U.S. First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 19 — Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail 
  • Dec. 21 — Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail Express

Hawaii

  • Dec. 15 — Hawaii to/from mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 21 — Hawaii to/from mainland Priority Mail Express

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before Dec. 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

Important Reminders

  • Mail and packages weighing more than 10 ounces and/or measuring more than a half-inch thick and using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a retail associate at your local Post Office. This requirement does not apply to Click-N-Ship customers. 
  • Certain items may have restrictions or prohibitions when it comes to sending through the mail. Please see the list of hazardous, restricted and perishable mail or ask a Postal Service employee for more information on what can and can’t be sent through the mail.
  • Battery-operated devices may turn on and make noise in transit. To prevent this, remove batteries from any battery-operated device, if possible, or make sure the device it turned off. Wrap and place the batteries next to the items in the package. Customers should include new batteries in the unopened, original manufacturer’s packaging if at all possible 

Additional Tips

The Postal Service also offers shipping tips in 10 video “how to” guides. Each video is less than three minutes long and shows how to address packages, ship packages and pack a box so items arrive safely. 

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing, and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom: usps.com/holidaynews.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Baby’s First Christmas

We want to give you the opportunity to celebrate your baby’s very first Christmas in a special way. The Cedar Springs POST will be featuring area newborns in “Baby’s First Christmas,” a special feature for babies celebrating their first Christmas. 

Photos will be run at no cost to our readers, but space is limited so get your photos in early. Deadline is Monday, December 21 by 5 p.m. and pictures with name and date of birth will appear in the December 24th issue. We cannot guarantee return of photos. Show the community your precious gift!

Photos may be dropped off at the Cedar Springs POST – 36 E. Maple St., or mailed to Baby’s First Christmas, P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or emailed to news@cedarspringspost.com. Please include baby’s name, and birth date, as well as a contact name and phone number.

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Tour of Lights

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

We are still taking addresses, so email any not on our list to news@cedarspringspost.com.

Cedar Springs

City Christmas tree on W. Maple Street in the Heart of Cedar Springs

* 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets

* NE corner of Park and Ash St, Cedar Springs 

* 385 Sarah St., Cedar Springs

* Waxwing Ct (in the Pines, off Needlewood)

* Prairie Run subdivision

* 17333 Algoma Avenue NE

* Shaner Ave between 14 and 15 Mile Rd

* 15581 Cedar Springs Ave.

* 326 17 Mile Road across from Red Pine Dr.

* Hanna, between 17 Mile & Solon on west side of the road

* 2664 Wiersma

* 19 Mile between Ritchie and Shaner

* 3157  Cottage Court off Hoskins

Sand Lake

* 17421 Myers Lake Ave, Sand Lake 49343

* Corner of Oak and Second St in Sand Lake

* 138 East Lake Street, Sand Lake (South side of 22 mile and east off northland) Park right out front in the dirt lot on 22 Mile and Northland on the southeast side and roll your window down and listen to the Christmas music as the lights dance. Every night they are on dusk until 9:30. Friday and Saturday until about 11.

* 550 W, Lake Street, Sand Lake, 49343

* 17804 Algoma Sand lake

* Butternut Ave Just north of 128th, Ensley Twp 

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Letters to Santa

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. 

Hurry, all letters must be in Santa’s Mail box by Monday, December 21 to reach him in time for Christmas.


Dear santa

i waz gooD

this Year

I would liKe

Toy Dog that

barks and

does Tricks

Root dear PoP

Cheeze Chips

BoY drill Set

PlaY kitchen

Cars Trucks

Please

Can You

deliver to My

aunts house

Love, Ethan

Ethan is 3 years old and lives w/ mom & stepdad in Morley but he spends every other weekend with us on Sundays. 

Kerry Boyer of Cedar Springs

P.S. My aunt helped me write this letter


Dear Santa, Can I have

a remix surprise? and

can I have more stuf lol?

liKe the amazing Surprise?

and lol balls it dosein’t 

mater what balls it is. 

Love 

Izzy

love u Santa!


Hi Santa i Would LiKe an ocules VR quest 2

and a space Lego Set along with candy canes

thanks

Sencerly: Ben Drier


Santa Cluse

From: Joe

Hi, for Christmas I would like a 100$ PS4 gift card for Christmas, and a PS5, thanks.


To Santa

from Lincoln

To north Pole

To Santa

Dear Santa What I relly Want for crismas is. My crismas list…

a JoJo huverbored Amricin girll

doll close Astr in drake doll baby

accesoreses baby cowala toy

go weing baby alive boy baby doll

close JoJo bow Amricin girll

for chlowe. And you can get me 

what you whant as long as it is 

not boy stuff. Love Lincoln Bush

of Rockford





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Letters to Santa

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. 

Hurry, all letters must be in Santa’s Mail box by Monday, December 21 to reach him in time for Christmas.

Dear Santa

I have been a very good boy this year.

I was thinking maybe you could get me 

a Dinosaur I Love them. I LiKe Paw Patrol

Maybe a book or ColorbooK ThanK you Teddy Hill

Oh I have a baby sister now Emily Hill she might liKe a stuffed PinK bear. ThanK you XOXO


Dear Santa Wath I 

want is a clring

a horse clring and a Plow

UnICOrn 


TO Santa. fore chrismes

I want a LOL Doll. and a

OMG Doll: and a Pupy. thank

You.


Dear Santa, 

this year I know I 

have been missing my 

School Zooms and Ive been

mean to my sister Audrey

But Im trying to do the

best I can.

This year my top 3 wishes,

are a Nerftm Gun With ammo, a 

O.M.g. doll Jet and a Nintendo

Switch lite. thank you!

-Love, 

Lydia grace Koeppel


Dear santa, 

I have been good this 

year. I would like…

  • A hoverboard
  • a big Pikachu card
  • infinity Dragon
  • Ninjago DVd

from Rorey


Dear Santa, 

I have been good this year. I am

Super cute.

I would love for Christmas: 

– Toy Girl Car (PinK)

– Personalized Pillow

– TV for my Room

– Mary Kay Mirror

– Nerf Gun

– Safety Hoverboard

-W/ helmet, Knee pads, Elbow Pads

– Headphones – Elsa

And for my brother: 

– A football

– His own vacuum

-Vegitable seeds

Thank you for my gifts, 

Kiera Dee


X-MaS list

– Black Alexa

– Sweat Pants

– Squish Mellows

– A lot Of fidgets

(3 Wack tracks, 2 PurPle PoP

itsn3, tangles, 3 bike

chains, 3 knee-don’s, 5

Marble to Mesh, 3 Mesh 

Squishy’s)

– Sweat – Pants

– MAYBE 

i Phone

se 2020

white

If i get

it clear

case with 

a sunFlower

PoP Socket

(probably wont

get it )

(If i do get it

I’ll Make Sure My room 

is Always Clean)


Dear Santa, 

I have been good this year. I am

Super cute.

I would love for Christmas: 

– Toy Girl Car (PinK)

– Personalized Pillow

– TV for my Room

– Mary Kay Mirror

– Nerf Gun

– Safety Hoverboard

-W/ helmet, Knee pads, Elbow Pads

– Headphones – Elsa

And for my brother: 

– A football

– His own vacuum

-Vegitable seeds

Thank you for my gifts, 

Kiera Dee

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The Definitive ranking of worst Christmas holiday candies

By Ben George, candystore.com

It’s a delicate game, asking customers about their least favorite product of yours. The negativity flows so freely and easily. Once you open the door though, it’s difficult to encourage restraint.

We sell candy and love and respect candy of all kinds. The opinions below are not ours, but of some of our customers. It’s important to note that people’s preferences about candy are their own subjective opinions.

Candy is a much bigger part of culture than most people realize. People’s likes and dislikes are shaped by a thousand different influences over their lifetime, and especially their childhood.

They often contradict metrics like sales data. Some of the biggest sellers are also mentioned below as the most hated. Their popularity only serving to enhance the vitriol from those whose opinions have been shaped the other way.

That is how we came to rank the worst Christmas candy. While doing a larger survey, we tacked this on as a final question, hoping to get something out of it. Over 11,000 customers responded.

Without further ado, the top ten WORST Christmas candies.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s only and in no way reflect the opinions of CandyStore.com.

Honorable Mention (aka #11) – Peppermint Candy Canes

Ok, it’s not top ten, but given the extreme (cannot be overstated!) popularity of this candy during the holiday season, we though it merited a mention. And it goes to show you that even the most popular candies have many haters.

Initial response from our team: What are these people thinking?! This is a huge seller and adorns a large number of people’s Christmas trees not to mention the general decor of pretty much everywhere in December. It’s objectively extremely popular. Why is it hated at all?

Theory: dislike is stronger for things we see a lot of. If one is never reminded of a thing’s existence, that thing is less likely to upset them. Whereas, if it’s everywhere they go…

We are not here to judge, only to convey survey results.

Ok, now the official top ten.

#10 Ribbon Candy

Ribbon candy stayed at #10 this year, a spot it’s apparently getting comfortable in. This is the third year it’s come in at the same spot.

Most comments about ribbon candy seem to go along with the idea that the only thing ribbon candy has only one thing going for it: appearance. And while that can be the foundation for a very good life as a human, as a candy we need more. As anyone who watched the Great British Bakeoff knows, it’s gotta taste good and the texture has to be right.

Given the fact that it’s basically for decorative purposes only, in my mind anyway, I was surprised this wasn’t higher on the list. It’s supposed to be candy but if you actually eat it, well, it is just an awkward thing to try and eat.

Yeah, so clearly no one enjoys the actual eating of these. But there are 9 other candies the are more reviled.

#9 Peppermint Bark

For the second year in a row, Peppermint Bark had the most positive movement of any candy. They were #7 worst last year, and now sit at #9. Peppermint brak seems to be having a moment. It did really well on the Christmas Candy by State Map as well. All that marketing must be finally paying off.

It does seem a little controversial. It was also mentioned by a bunch of seriously passionate haters. The bark thing can be way overdone. Walk into Trader Joe’s and it’s everywhere. By the way, a Peppermint Bark smoothie is just a peppermint smoothie, ok. There’s no more bark if you puree it.

The biggest thing for me is that it should be this crispy, sharp crunchy candy like the broken up pieces of toffee, but it’s sometimes not. When it’s got no crunch, only a limp kind of give and then soft separation, then I agree: yuk.

#8 Candy Canes – Non-Peppermint – Was #9

People love originality. When you take something popular and spin it slightly, it can come off as gimmicky and unattractive. Some will love it, but its popularity tends to not last as long. It’s trendy or considered tacky sometimes.

Of course, it makes sense that anything popular will be replicated and iterated upon to infinity. The candy cane phenomenon is no exception. The results, however, are vile. The rainbow fruit candy canes could almost pass for simply bad. But even those saw a lot of mentions in people’s top 3 worst Christmas candies. Many people are probably not even aware of such Franken-candy creations as pickle-flavored candy canes. That’s, pickle. Pickle. Run children! RUN!

#7 Old-Fashioned Hard Candy Mix

These old-fashioned candies moved up the list this year from number 8 last year. Same thing happened the year before, when it moved from #10. People are liking this stuff less and less. Not a positive trend.

I guess can see why they made the list, but they sort of don’t even exist in a world of food to me. It’s like a bowl of jewels that have been around since your grandmother’s grandparents smuggled them from the motherland in the 1890s, except with a negative store of value. They look like they used to be pretty but are kind of faded and sad and nobody really regards them much anymore. They might all be stuck together in one large mass now. It never really occurred to me to actually pick one up and try it. 

#6 Chocolate Oranges

I had honestly never even heard of these before. I cannot speak to the actual taste of them, but it was my impression that they each had a real slice of orange inside. That would be really interesting to try and perhaps an effort to be applauded.

Nope. Milk chocolate (the inferior sibling of dark chocolate) covered orange cream, which some brands like to call Creme ‘de Orange. Let’s come back down to Earth here. It’s orange cream. I can see it. It didn’t just come out the back of a French patisserie.

In any case, I will leave the judging of its flavor to those who might better know.

#5 Peeps

As if we even need to address this one. The texture alone gives me the heeby geebies. Is anyone really under the delusion that these are actually marshmallows? It’s like swallowing rubbery styrofoam. Then there’s the fact that it’s basically just rubber and sugar with a coating of sugar on the outside.

So obviously the Holiday Peeps are bad. But over the past 2 years, they have improved their position by one both times. Started at the #3 worst, and are now at #5. That is positive news for Peeps, which often draws a lot of attention both positive and negative. People do love them, but also many people do hate them.

#4 Reindeer Corn

Reindeer corn are still very hated, even though they too have dropped each of the past 2 years. They were the #2 worst two years ago, and it seems people’s distaste for them is waning.

By the way, I disagree on this one. I like Reindeer Corn. Maybe it’s because I’m from Michigan, where it’s highly thought of according to our holiday candy maps. But there is substance here, people. It’s tasty sugary goodness and solid nostalgia. It feels like Americana, and if you can’t get behind America on this one, I don’t know what to tell you.

Reindeer corn is also a very popular Christmas candy. This is one that is very polarizing. Hate away haters, I love this stuff.

#3 Lifesavers Story Books

Old-timey Lifesavers Storybooks are moving in the opposite direction. They were #5 last year, now they are one of the top three worst holiday candies.

These are the biggest joke. It’s not even that LifeSavers are all that bad. They’re fine. It’s the packaging here. And it is an flagrant violation. Do not try package a bunch of normal Life Savers in a Christmas story book thing and pass that off as something I wanna read / receive in a stocking / consume on the most specialist of special mornings of the year. It’s going to end up camouflaged on the bookshelf for years on end.

#2 Christmas Tree Nougat – Last Year’s Winner

The nougat candies no longer hold the top spot this year. That must feel good after 2 straight years as the #1 worst holiday candy.

The peppermint nougat candies have a fundamental problem though. It seems they are thought of by many to have a flavor that is inconsistent with expectations for a nougat candy. Chewy texture suggests to many a rich caramel or chocolate experience. Maybe the minty flavor is just at odds with what your brain expects. Brain-mouth dissonance?

Also, it does look like a poker chip that you can only cash in for sadness. The consistency at first is slightly resistant to the bite down and then accelerating into soft and gooey acceptance and then instant regret. The stick-to-your-teeth factor is suborbital. So you end up moving your jaws in as many different directions as they’ll go to try and unstick the damn thing. Then that flavor hits. Oh man. That false minty flavor that gives you a little twinge in your brain and makes you aware again that your gag reflex is still working. Wretched is a word that comes to mind. Seriously the WORST but voted here to be the runner-up!

#1 Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials – #2 Last Year

Cherry cordials made a big jump up the list last year. They went from #5 to #2. And now they are the #1 worst holiday candy. It is not completely undeserved.

Why do chocolate cherry cordials fail so miserably? Chocolate is good, yes. Cherries are good, of course. As with many things in life, it’s all in the execution.

Sometimes a surprise in the middle is a good thing. This is not one of those times. What in the name of all that is holy is that nasty watery sugar liquid seeping out from the inside. It’s just weird, and gooey in a way that totally creeps me out. In order to eat these without A) spilling nasty candy juice on yourself B) having to look at the inside of this vile creation and C) having anyone associate you with the nasty dripping chocolate thing you’re eating, you have to pop this whole thing in your mouth at once.

How many times can you tolerate a whole cherry cordial in your mouth? Once? Maybe, before I’m reminded of previous holiday seasons’ disappointment.

So that’s our list. What did you think? Agree, disagree? 

You can let them know your opinion in the comments at https://www.candystore.com/blog/holidays/worst-christmas-candy/

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Tour of lights

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

We are still taking addresses, so email any not on our list to news@cedarspringspost.com.

Cedar Springs

City Christmas tree on W. Maple Street in the Heart of Cedar Springs

• 21 E. Maple St., Brynadette Powell Realtor, Arthur K Eggerding Realty

• 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets

• NE corner of Park and Ash St, Cedar Springs 

• 385 Sarah St., Cedar Springs

• Waxwing Ct (in the Pines, off Needlewood)

• Prairie Run subdivision

• 17333 Algoma Avenue NE

• Shaner Ave between 14 and 15 Mile Rd

• 15581 Cedar Springs Ave.

• Hanna, between 17 mile and Solon on the west side of the road

• 2664 Wiersma

• 326 17 Mile Road, across from Red Pine Dr.

Sand Lake

• 17421 Myers Lake Ave, Sand Lake 49343

• Corner of Oak and Second St in Sand Lake

• 138 East Lake Street, Sand Lake (South side of 22 mile and east off northland) Park right out front in the dirt lot on 22 Mile and Northland on the southeast side and roll your window down and listen to the Christmas music as the lights dance. Every night they are on dusk until 9:30. Friday and Saturday until about 11.

• 550 W, Lake Street, Sand Lake, 49343

• 17804 Algoma Sand lake

• Butternut Ave Just north of 128th, Ensley Twp 

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USPS Operation Santa open nationwide for adopters

Bring cheer to a deserving child this holiday season

Grand Rapids MI  — The USPSOperationSanta.com website is active and ready to welcome potential letter adopters to help make the holiday season special for hundreds of deserving kids and their families. 

This year, the holiday season is going to be more challenging than usual for many. Fortunately, the USPS Operation Santa program—and its generous Postal Service customers—can still help make it a joyous celebration. 

USPS Operation Santa turns 108 years old this year. And like other years, children in need are writing letters in the hopes that their holiday wishes will be granted. Since the program began, millions of less fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others.

Adopting a Letter

Potential adopters can visit USPSOperationSanta.com, read through the letters, pick one or more wishes that they’d like to fulfill, and follow the directions on how to grant that special wish for a child. For security reasons, potential adopters must be vetted by going through a short registration and ID verification process before they are allowed to adopt any letter.   

Companies also get into the spirit of the season and adopt letters; every year many businesses create teams and adopt several letters. All the better to help grant that special wish to deserving families and kids. 

Program Details

USPS Operation Santa was established by the Postal Service to help those in need during the holidays. The program is for any person of any belief, or non-belief. The purpose is to help as many deserving families as we can. And we can only do that if good hearted adopters step forward.
To participate in USPS Operation Santa as a possible recipient of holiday gifts, all you have to do is write a letter, put it in a stamped envelope with a return address, and send it to Santa’s official workshop address: 

Santa Claus

123 Elf Road,

North Pole, 88888

The program began accepting letters Nov. 16. Letters will continue to be uploaded to the website through Dec. 15. So, if you haven’t written your letter yet, you still have some time. 

When someone writes a letter, it is opened by Santa’s Elves, and for safety reasons, all personally identifiable information of the letter writer is removed (i.e. last names, addresses, ZIP Codes) and uploaded to USPSOperationSanta.com for adoption.

How to Write a Letter

Sending a letter to Santa is easy and the Postal Service has guides and tips to help kids write and send their best letters ever. All the information you could possibly need to write a letter, address an envelope, put on a stamp and send it on its way can be found on USPSOperationSanta.com and in our Holiday Newsroom. These tips are also good all year-round for sending thank-you cards, birthday cards, or letters to Grandma and Grandpa just to say, “Hi.”

How about what to ask for in the letter? Well, that’s up to the creativity of each and every kid who writes. The only limit is their imaginations.

USPS Operation Santa History

While the Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa more than 108 years ago, it wasn’t until 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to them. This became known as Operation Santa.

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