November 20th, 2014

Glazed Pecans Recipe


1/2 up half-and-half
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups pecan halves

Combine all ingredients except pecans in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Cook until candy thermometer reads 220 degrees. Remove from heat, add pecans and still until well coated. Spread on wax paper, separate with fork and cool.

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November 19th, 2014

Mail a Letter to Santa Claus

Have your child mail their own letter to Santa

Did you know that Santa Claus has an official North Pole mailing address? Every year children write a letter to Santa and not knowing where exactly to send it, ask their parents to mail it to the North Pole for them. Why not create even more magical memories and have your child stamp and address their very own letter and mail it to him directly? This way they will know that their parents didn’t forget to send it out, and you will not have to keep hearing the question “did you send it?” Children enjoy sending mail as much as they enjoy receiving it, and having a physical address to mail their letter for Santa will further guarantee in their continued belief in Santa Claus.

So make sure that you take the time with your children, go over their Christmas wish list to ensure that their grammar is correct (and so you know what they are wishing for) and have your child send their letter to Santa by themselves. Not only will they be completely thrilled with the idea of being able to mail their own package but they will also be assured that you didn’t mess things up. Please take note of the mailing address now because you are going to need it before you know it.

Santa’s Address
Santa Claus
325 S. Santa Claus Lane
North Pole, Alaska 99705
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November 17th, 2014

How to Adopt a “Dear Santa” Letter

Individual customers and representatives of organizations wanting to adopt a letter must come to a participating Operation Santa Post Office in person. Both individual customers and organizational representatives must fill out the proper PS Forms 6012 (organization), 6012-A (organization record of letter), or 6012-I (individual) and show identification before viewing any letters.

  • For organizations wanting to adopt a letter, please send a representative with correspondence on letterhead from your company/organization authorizing the representative to view the letters on behalf of your company/organization. Your representative must present his or her employee ID and a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
  • For individuals wanting to adopt a letter, please bring a valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

After completing the forms, you may then read and choose a letter(s). To protect the anonymity of the letter writers, all personal information will be blacked out in the letters you view — no last names, addresses or contact information of any kind will be visible.

Operation Santa answers "Dear Santa" letters from needy children each ChristmasBring your selections to a postal clerk so the clerk can notate which letter(s) you will adopt.

Here is the fun part — you get to be Santa’s helper by fulfilling the wishes of the letter writer.

Once you have fulfilled the wish, you simply bring your wrapped gift(s) back to the same Operation Santa location to mail.

Individuals and organizations will be responsible for paying the postage to mail the gifts to the recipient.

Once you pay the postage, the postal clerks will match your box with the letter writer by using an internal numbering system.

The clerk takes the box and retrieves the original letter using the numbering system to create a mailing label.

The return address on the box will read “Operation Santa, North Pole.”

November 17th, 2014

Letters To Santa Process

  1. Letters to Santa are mailed by children across the country.
  2. Letters are placed in Letters to Santa/Operation Santa bin during mail processing.
  3. Postal employees open and sort the letters.
  4. The letters are copied and both the original letter and a copy of the letter receive the same number.
  5. After copying, the original letter is filed in numerical order and secured.
  6. On the copy of the letter, all of the child’s personal information is removed by redacting it or blacking it out, then the letter is placed in a public “adoption” area.
  7. Customer comes into the Post Office to adopt a letter to Santa.
  8. The customer presents proper ID to the postal clerk and fills out the appropriate forms PS Forms (6012, 6012-A, 6012-I).
  9. Customer may then read and choose a letter(s), up to ten letters.
  10. The “Secret Santa” leaves with the redacted copy of the letter to fulfill the writer’s request.
  11. The customer returns to the same Post Office with a wrapped gift, preferably boxed and ready to be mailed to the child.
  12. The customer gives the postal clerk the box containing the wrapped gift(s) and the adopted letter.
  13. The postal clerk takes the box and retrieves the original letter (using numbering system) to create a mailing label.
  14. The customer pays the postage to mail the box to the never sees the address for the child.
  15. After the customer departs, the box is addressed by postal employee who will put the address on the box and place it in the mailstream for dispatch.

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October 31st, 2014

A Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween

As we all shut down for the evening and get on the roads to head home to our families and little trick-or-treaters, please be sure to be especially cautious this Halloween night.

Here are some Halloween safety tips:

Drive slowly and use… caution when passing stopped vehicles, a driver might be dropping off kids.

Watch for children darting out into the street. Always use your turn signals, and if you have to pull over or drop off kids, turn on your hazard lights.

Limit your distractions while driving by waiting to call, text or search the road until you’ve made it home. Texting and driving is illegal.

Wait until you get to your destination to put on a mask or other headgear. This can limit your vision while driving, preventing you from seeing the entire roadway.

And for adults, if you plan on drinking make sure to have a designated driver and know who that person is before driving to a party.

Have a Happy Halloween!

June 9th, 2014

The Birth of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

The legacy of Walt Disney is now a $20 billion media giant. It includes film studios, TV networks, publishing houses, famous theme parks and hundreds of retail stores. Disney was the last of five children born in 1901 to parents who lived in Chicago. Disney became enamored with drawing and started a company with his brother Roy to try and build an animation business. Disney was barely making it financially.

On a long train ride back from a disastrous business setback in which he lost the rights to a character he had created, the idea came to Disney to create another character based on a mouse that scampered across his drawing board. This idea blossomed into the character of Mickey Mouse.

Later, when Disney spent an unprecedented $1.5 million to produce the masterpiece Snow White, critics and naysayers dubbed the project “Disney’s Folly.” However, the animated film became the most profitable ever released and set Disney on the path of creating animated classics, and he became known as the father of the animated-film genre.

December 18th, 2013

Touching Dear Santa Letters From Needy Children

Operation Santa answers "Dear Santa" letters from needy children each Christmas


Each year Santa gets thousands of letters from children who are not asking for the most popular toy or game of the season, even though they do want toys. Instead, they are asking for clothes, personal care items, gifts for siblings and parents. Or even their beloved pets!

We are sharing excerpts of the letters just as they are written so please overlook spelling errors.


Dear Santa Claus,

My dog wants to have some toys and trets and that is it.


Dear Santa,

Please send to my mom food or money for Christmas Dinner!


Dear Santa

My name is Chantal. I wold tell you that this year I’ve been good I have don all my homework and I respected my mom. At the same time I want to ask you to bring me something this year. My size in clothes is small and my size in shoes is s/2. I want a tablet and games of barbies. Thank you Santa. I believe in you.


Dear Santa and Mrs. Clause,

I can’t wait till Christmas! More than less to see you. Also I’m very sorry about my bad ups and downs. Please forgive me.

Love Emma


Dear Santa:

My name is Nathalia. I am 8 years old and I’m in third grade. I have a little brother and he is in kindergarten. We are good kids in school and at home too. We do our homework ad help mom with the housework. My dad works but my mom doesn’t and we don’t have that much money.We want you bring us presents for Christmas. I want toys for me and my brother. I promise you cookies and milk.

Love Natalia and Adrian


Dear Santa my my name is Edwin and I’m writting this letter to ask you for me and my brother and sister for clothes my mom is currently unable to work because she fell and may need back surgery please help me and my family have a better Christmas love Edwin.


Dear santa my name is Nyla am 7 years old. My mom work very hard she have me and my two sisters so she cannot by me what I want for christmas so can you please send me a doll house. Thanks Santa I love you.


Dear Santa Claus,

I really happy because the Christmas is here but we have problems with a money. My mother doesn’t have a job right now and my dad has only a part-time work, he is our support. However no money for gifts and I wanna one. My sizes is 5T for shoes is 9. I love you Santa and thank you for all! My best regards! Merry Christmas! Raymond


Dear Santa,

My name is Angel and I am 11 years old. I want an easy bake oven for Christmas. My mommy works hard & gets a little bit of money but there are 3 of us, me & my two other sisters, so my mom can’t buy what we all want. So Santa I am just asking for this one thing. Thank you and have  merry christmas and a happy new year.

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