Children have been carefully writing their letters to Santa Claus around this time of year for as long as most of us can remember. Often explaining how they’ve been more nice than naughty and outlining what they would like for Christmas, writing letters to Santa has become a household tradition for many families. This year, the USPS is encouraging families to participate in their longstanding “The Letters From Santa” program, which is a way for kids to receive a personalized response from the big man in red.

To ensure that your child hears back from Santa Claus, follow these exact directions that were posted on the USPS’s website:

Personalized USPS Letters from Santa

For updates about the program and to see how families across the nation are participating in this new take on tradition, follow the hashtag #LettersFromSanta on social media.

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