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US Postal Service Is The Grinch

Posted on: November 19, 2009

At least thats what the residents of  North Pole, Alaska (Cool no?)  allege.

Naughty and nice children who lovingly write wishlist letters to their jolly old friend in red will most likely NOT be getting replies from Santa and his army of little helpers postmarked North Pole.  Boo!  Why not?

For about 50 some years now,  volunteers from the Christmas all-year-round town of North Pole, Alaska have been receiving and replying to thousands of letters from children all over the country.  These responses were mailed by the US Postal Service to the children with a special North Pole postmark.  Volunteers signed these letters as Santa’s Elves or Santa’s Helpers.  This holiday tradition is really a central unifying theme for the townspeople of North Pole, where streets are named Kris Kringle Drive and Snow Man Lane.   All this merry-making went on for 50 years until last year…

One of the volunteers was recognized as a registered sex offender! I kid you not.  While his response letter to one of the children was intercepted, US Postal took it as a serious enough incident to enforce very strict controls in the whole program.  While the program still exists, major changes have been made for the town of North Pole.  In the past, all letters generically addressed to Santa Claus in the North Pole were automatically sent to the volunteers of North Pole, Alaska for response.  For Christmas 2009, this particular service will stop.  Double Boo! What a huge blow for the folks in North Pole whose tourism is obviously heavily based on all things Christmas.   I mean they even have The Santa Claus House which sells Santa Claus Letters in the hundreds of thousands each year!  Check out the chalet inspired Santa Claus House below.

And what’s going to happen to their cute North Pole postmarks, letter heads, etc?

North Pole Postmark

Santa Letterhead

I can’t believe that a whole town’s tradition and industry is allowed to be reduced to nothing because of some sex offender.  I get that there is a serious need to be more vigilant and even rabid against catching predators of this kind. I’m all for that.  But I think creative security measures can be introduced to keep predators away from children while continuing with this program.   Especially in North Pole, Alaska!  I probably wouldn’t feel so bad if the service was stopped in Queens, New York or something.  But not North Pole.  So yeah in this case the US Postal Service might just steal Christmas this year.  Bah humbug!!

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