The Christmas season has just started and already, there's so much excitement in my house. My son is a few months shy of turning three-years-old, and this year, John finally has a grasp on this glorious time of year, and on the fun that is Santa.

Last year, my husband and I sent away for a letter from Santa and stuck it in John's memory trunk for him to look back on when he gets older. We had such a fun time with it last year that we've decided to do it again this year.

If you've got kids, the United States Postal Service is doing their part to keep the magic of Santa Claus alive with its “Letters from Santa” program. “Letters from Santa” allows any person in a child’s life to mail a letter to the child “from Santa,” postmarked from the North Pole. If you'd like to have a letter mailed to your child, the United States Postal Service says that there are a few things you'll need to do.

First, write a letter to your child from Santa and sign it "From, Santa." Next, insert your letter into an envelope, address it to your little one with the return address: Santa, North Pole. Put a first-class stamp on the envelope and put the envelope into a larger envelope, put the appropriate postage on it and address the larger envelope to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Dr
Anchorage AK 99530-9998

Your letter "from Santa" will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.  "Letters from Santa" must be received by the post office no later than December 15th. Santa's helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest, but it might not be a bad idea to get a jumpstart on this because backlogs might cause a delay.

[via United States Postal Service]