By Ally Faktor
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Have you ever wondered what happens when children send a letter to Santa Claus through the U.S. Postal System? They write their long lists of desired Christmas gifts and leave them outside for mail carriers, hoping the letters will reach Kris Kringle himself.Westfield Post Office employee Dan Zaneski described the process of handling Santa mail. “We have a program called ‘Letters for Santa Claus’ and we respond back to the letters,” said Zaneski. “We try to answer [them all].”
There is a red postal mailbox in the main lobby of the Westfield Post Office that says “Santa’s Mail,” where kids can drop off their letters to Santa Claus. According to Zaneski, they also pick up letters from individual houses as outgoing mail.
The Mountainside Post Office offers a similar system. According to Mountainside Post Office employee Lisa Padilla, one of the mail carriers volunteers to act as Santa and responds to all of the letters the post office receives.
There are also many websites where children can send Santa an email and get a response. Some include emailsanta.com, northpole.com and santaswebsite.com.
Some families have different traditions involving how their children send letters to Santa.
Senior Caroline Bertoni said: “My dad would have me write a letter to Santa, show it to him first, and then put it in the fireplace. He told me that’s how it got to the North Pole.”
Whether it’s through the fireplace, the mail or an email, this holiday season children can contact Santa and keep the Christmas spirit alive.