'A real famous cat all dressed up in red': USPS 'Operation Santa' now accepting letters to Santa Claus 🎅

WASHINGTON (CBS 58) -- "Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle. Oh, what a beautiful sight! So, jump in bed and cover your head 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight!"

The United States Postal Service's "Operation Santa," the 111-year-old holiday program, is now accepting letters for this year's season.

Announced Wednesday, Sept. 20, the program allows children across the nation to send their wish lists to Santa's U.S. satellite workshop.

The letters, once reviewed and personal information redacted, are uploaded to the USPSOperationSanta.com website.

From Nov. 20, registered individuals can adopt these letters and help make the season bright for children and families. The operation allows for Santa Claus to reach homes nationwide, even if reindeer don't fly to their rooftops.

Letters to Santa should be addressed to:


They must include a complete return address. Specific details about desired gifts, such as "visions of sugarplums" or particular toy and book titles, should also be included for potential gift-givers.

The program relies on the kindness of strangers, with letters needing to be postmarked by Dec. 11 for "the most wonderful time of the year."

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