For this year's festive season, each day until Christmas we bring you 12 Facts of Christmas. Here's Day Three.
For those who partake in the tradition, sending a letter to Santa Claus takes many forms across the world, and these days several national postal services have established special campaigns to accommodate the millions of letters children write each year.
Thousands of postal service staff and volunteers fill in the shoes of Santa’s Elves and actually write letters back, often in the language of the sender. This year Canada Post is answering letters in more than 30 languages, including Braille. Australia Post also answers the letters, and even provides children with letter templates for printing. New Zealand Post has an interactive website that lets you design your own postcard to Santa.
An annual tradition: Santa's special Australia Post mailbox in Melbourne City Square, as seen in 2007.
PHOTO: Thor, Flickr/CC BY 2.0
As a result of all these schemes, Santa has many postal addresses and special postcodes around the world. However, Canada Post have taken it to a whole new level, assigning Santa with a dedicated postcode which spells H0H 0H0, following the convention of Canadian number-letter postcodes.
And even though the letter is going all the way to the North Pole, no postage is required if you live in Canada. According to the company, an average of one million letters get processed every year.