Santa changes the way he will answer letters

Last year, Canada Post delivered a record 1.6 letters addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole. (Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images)
Things are getting busy at the North Pole. Santa Claus and the elves are getting ready to answer the flood of letters that should start arriving soon.

As usual, anyone who wants to write to Santa will get an answer if they send a letter early enough, include their return address and use Santa’s correct address which is:

Santa Claus
North Pole H0H 0H0

No stamp is needed.

Last year, Santa answered a record 1.6 million letters in about four weeks.

From school, group mailings only

In past years, some children wrote a letter from school and then wrote another from home. This can lead to inconsistent responses from Santa, says Canada Post on its website. To prevent the problem, Santa is asking that individual teachers collect all the student letters from their own class, print a class list of student names and sent that off in one envelope.

In return, Santa will send a large, poster-sized letter with the names of all children in the class along with a package of seeds which teachers may use to conduct a special classroom activity.

Write me soon, says Santa

Teachers must mail envelopes by December 2. Canada Post reminds everyone that it’s a long way to the North Pole and back. Letters coming from abroad may take longer and responses may not arrive before Christmas on December 25.

Children can still send their own letters from home by December 11 and get a personalized reply before Christmas.

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Lynn Desjardins, Radio Canada International

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lynn has dedicated her working life to journalism. After decades in the field, she still believes journalism to be a pillar of democracy and she remains committed to telling stories she believes are important or interesting. Lynn loves Canada and embraces all seasons: skiing, skating, and sledding in winter, hiking, swimming and playing tennis in summer and running all the time. She is a voracious consumer of Canadian literature, public radio programs and classical music. Family and friends are most important. Good and unusual foods are fun. She travels when possible and enjoys the wilderness.

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