This blog post is meant to let us all smile.
Tomorrow I return to the village of Santa Claus. Last year on my bike tour I put a Naboom2Siberia sticker on a sign board. I want to see whether it survived the harsh Arctic conditions.
And then, even more important, Santa Claus is going to meet us personally. If you are going to read the blog to the end, you can surprise a child. How? Read on.
LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS
Who gets the most letters in the world? Santa Claus of course!
Around Christmas 2001, Santa received 700,000 items by mail – letters, cards and parcels. So far, the elves have found 184 countries from which Santa has received a total of nearly eight million items in the past 20 years.
The most enthusiastic writers are Japanese, British and Polish, but Santa Claus has also been getting letters in recent years from China, South Korea, Argentina and many, many other unexpected places around the world.
In their letters, children and the young at heart tell about their news or ask about Santa Claus’ life in Finnish Lapland, and there is a lot of interest in what Rudolph and the other reindeer get up to.
Santa Claus is also asked for advice about all kinds of problems. And of course, there are plenty of lists of presents. The fireside room at Santa Claus’ Main Post Office has a small exhibition of the letters and other things he has been sent.
Every item mailed at the Santa Claus’ Main Post Office is postmarked by hand with a special Arctic Circle postmark. The special postmark conveys greetings to the recipient from Lapland, the Arctic Circle and Santa Claus.
The Arctic Circle special postmark is also stamped on Santa Claus’ own greetings, which are sent from here to every corner of the world.
You can see it when you come to visit.
DO WE HAVE YOUNGER BLOG READERS?
I am going to give you his postal address. Why don’t you write to him with your special request?
Santa Claus’ Main Post Office
Santa’s Workshop Village
Tähtikuja 1, Rovaniemi
96930 ARCTIC CIRCLE
OUR OWN COMPETITION:
I will ask Santa Claus to send personalised Christmas wishes to one of our young (or not so young) readers. Send me your name and postal address at lodie (at) naboom2germany.co.za so that I can have it not later than Thursday at 09:00. We will draw one name and will let you know on the blog who is going to receive the Christmas wishes from hom.
I know what my wish to him will be.