Photo by Jennifer S. Altman, for USA Today
Photo by Jennifer S. Altman, for USA Today

Santa Claus – in about five weeks – is coming to town.

And for the first time ever, we know exactly where he will be coming from.

The U.S. Postal Service has a scoop on the fluffy, scruffy mystery man who shimmies down chimneys in a red coat once a year: his street address, including his ZIP code.  

For decades, kids have sent their Christmas dispatches to the vague “Santa, North Pole.” Operation Santa, the USPS program launching Monday that fulfills wish lists for needy little ones, decided that texting tykes might get their tinsel in a tangle when it comes to taking pencil to paper.

In an effort to make kids better scribes, the Postal Service created letter writing kits that include templates (from a “holly” letter to a “ho, ho, ho” letter), letter tips (tell Santa your size) and a primer on envelope technique.

And how do you execute the perfect signed/sealed/delivered? With the correct postal address: 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.

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