The USPS used to burn letters sent to “Santa”. Now nonprofit organizations respond to children’s letters on behalf of Santa

What Happens to All Those Letters Sent to Santa?

Writing a letter to Santa Claus has been a tradition in America, well, since, at least it was possible to mail a letter, and likely long before.

Prior to the establishment of the United States Post Office in 1775, American children would burn their missives to Santa, believing that the ashes would rise up and reach him, says Nancy Pope, curator of postal history at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

Today, despite the advent of more modern communications like email and texting, hundreds of thousands of children, from all over the globe, continue to send their Christmas wish lists to Santa using old-fashioned snail mail. And incredibly, many of those letters are actually answered.

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4 thoughts on “The USPS used to burn letters sent to “Santa”. Now nonprofit organizations respond to children’s letters on behalf of Santa”

  1. Fart2Start

    Maybe the burned ones were a mix up of the ones sent to Satan instead of Santa.

  2. datums

    In Canada, any letter sent to the postal code H0H 0H0 will be answered with a letter from Santa, in the language received, regardless of the country of origin.

    Full address is

    Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada

  3. JaggedUmbrella

    I used to work at a local USPS location and one of the women that worked there would collect them from everyone’s routes and respond to them.

  4. callaLilies789

    In Canada you send you letters to:

    Santa

    The North Pole

    H0H 0H0

    …and some organization respond to them as well

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