How many letters does Santa get in the mail?

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 4:00pm

An international mailing organization said it expects Santa likely got more than seven million letters this year in his mailbox from all over the world. So where are those coming from?

Last year, the most requests rolled in from France -- where about one-point-seven million French children wrote to Father Christmas.

The number two slot went to Canada last year with just under one-point-four million children writing to him. The Canadian postal service says letters should be sent to "Santa Claus, North Pole H0h 0H0, Canada" -- and there's a special holiday catch -- they say Santa would never refuse a letter just because it didn't have a stamp on it.

And impressive guy that he is, he always writes back in whatever language he's written to -- including braille.

The United States came in third, with just over one-million American kids sending letters to the North Pole.

But we all know Santa is quite busy, so more than 100 years ago, the United States postal service pitched in to give him a little relief -- starting the "letters to Santa" program.

And if you are interested joining the cause next year, you too can go to the post office, "adopt" a letter to Santa, and send a gift to a child who's written to Mr. Claus. The postal service will then send that present to the child on your behalf.

And finally, here's one more interesting fact about the letters we send to jolly old Saint Nick. Because New York City is so big, Santa’s letters have their own special set of elves, dubbed "Operation Santa," who respond to the more than half-a-million letters Santa receives from the big apple alone.
 

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