Santa Claus in about five weeks is coming to town. And for the first time ever, we know exactly where he will be coming from. The U.S. Postal Service has a scoop on the fluffy, scruffy mystery man who shimmies down chimneys in a red coat once a year: his street address, including his ZIP code.
For decades, kids have sent their Christmas dispatches to the vague Santa, North Pole. In an effort to make kids better scribes, the Postal Service created letter writing kits that include templates (from a holly letter to a ho, ho, ho letter), letter tips (tell Santa your size) and a primer on envelope technique. And how do you execute the perfect signed/sealed/delivered? With the correct postal address: 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.
An official address means a quicker beeline to St. Nick, said Kim Frum, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service. Sharing Santas official mailing address will allow letters to reach the North Pole faster than in years past because with an actual street number and ZIP code, our machines can sort them unlike being sorted by hand, which is how letters simply labeled Santa, North Pole, are handled, she said.