Pssst: December’s upon us.
That means egg nog, well designed gift wrap, and a full social calendar. (It also means long lines at the post office, but I’m trying not to think about that part…)
I have a handful of Christmas traditions I like to observe, and I bet you do too. One of my traditions is “no Christmas music played in the house until December 1st” (anyone with me on this?). Another is “egg nog and brandy is best shared with a minimum of three friends”. These yearly rituals serve as reminders that the holiday season should be filled with festivities and shared with the people I love.
One recently added tradition over the last few years has been my participation in the USPS’s Letters to Santa program. Some of you may remember my “first year of participation” write up; with each passing year, I’ve stepped up my game by taking on a few more letters. It’s a great way to help out the USPS, and at the same time create something truly special that will (hopefully) brighten a child’s Christmas experience.
When I posted my original write up about creating the “santa letters”, I received a cavalcade of questions from RLD readers about how to get involved — how could YOU connect with post offices and write letters of your own? This year, the USPS has made it easy for the public to get involved – and I’m going to help steer you in the right direction!
Some important things you’ll need to know before you take part:
–once you have been “ok’d” by a postal employee, you will be able to access binders which contain letters awaiting “adoption”. Individuals are allowed up to 10 letters.
–once you have crafted your reply letter and/or purchased the requested gift, you must return your letter/gift back to the post office where you “adopted” your letter. The PO will handle things from there!
Be sure to take a look at this .pdf document; it’s a full list of post offices nationwide that are participating in the Letters to Santa program. Carefully check dates and hours; the usual post office hours (usually) don’t apply. And last but not least: if you decide to participate, let us know! I’d love to see your letters and hear about your experiences.
Ready or not: HO! HO! HO!
PS: here’s a little yuletide cheer for RLD readers: participate in the 2013 Letters to Santa program and receive a gift from Jennie! Create a fantastic letter, snap a photo and email the .jpeg to email@example.com. Be sure to include your mailing address (so I can send you your goodie!); please title your email “USPS Santa letter” (so it won’t get lost in my inbox!) Please understand: I can only send you a goodie if you include your photo and follow the instructions. Deadline to send photos: midnight (west coast time), December 20th, 2013.