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Postal Service to resume North Pole Santa letters
hosted ^ | Nov 21 | RACHEL D'ORO

Posted on 11/21/2009 3:15:49 AM PST by JoeProBono

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Wide-eyed children around the world will be hearing from Santa's "elves" at the North Pole after all.

During Christmas seasons for decades, these dedicated elves responded to thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole."

All that was ending with a U.S. Postal Service decision to discontinue the program based in the small Alaskan town amid privacy concerns.

The elves from Santa's Mailbag vowed to fight the decision, while North Pole residents voiced outrage.

A reversal of the Postal Service move was announced Friday.

"We never wanted to spoil people's Christmas," said agency spokesman Ernie Swanson. "It was just a decision we had to make based on privacy concerns, and it is labor-intensive. But it's still nice that we're able to resume this and still make people's holiday."

The letters will now be answered under tightened privacy rules implemented nationwide by the Postal Service in response to security concerns that arose in a similar program in Maryland last year.

"It's great!" said chief elf Gabby Gaborik of Santa's Mailbag.

(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: alaska; antichristmas; christmas; gabbygaborik; jpb; letters; northpole; santa; satire; thanksgiving; uspostalservice; usps; xmas; xmax


1 posted on 11/21/2009 3:15:53 AM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 11/21/2009 3:19:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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3 posted on 11/21/2009 3:21:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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4 posted on 11/21/2009 3:25:59 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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5 posted on 11/21/2009 3:27:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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6 posted on 11/21/2009 3:31:58 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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7 posted on 11/21/2009 3:40:33 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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8 posted on 11/21/2009 3:42:15 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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9 posted on 11/21/2009 3:46:29 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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OMG!


10 posted on 11/21/2009 3:55:53 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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The box of tissues is a nice touch.


11 posted on 11/21/2009 4:07:31 AM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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12 posted on 11/21/2009 4:13:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Wide-eyed children around the world will be hearing from Santa's "elves" at the North Pole after all.

Say, Santa, have you seen any letters to you from 1600 Pennsylvania NW, Zip 20500 yet /s

13 posted on 11/21/2009 4:33:25 AM PST by OBXWanderer
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14 posted on 11/21/2009 4:50:40 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Gorgeous horses!


15 posted on 11/21/2009 4:51:54 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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16 posted on 11/21/2009 4:52:50 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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17 posted on 11/21/2009 4:54:49 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Awwwwwwww. :)


18 posted on 11/21/2009 4:57:14 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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The bacon tree wouldn’t last in my house with 2 dogs, a cat - and most of all, ME!


19 posted on 11/21/2009 4:58:54 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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20 posted on 11/21/2009 5:01:48 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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LOL That too.

I’m glad though that the kids will be getting their letters from Santa again this year. Blessings upon Santa’s helpers!


21 posted on 11/21/2009 5:06:33 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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Santa fights back!


22 posted on 11/21/2009 5:12:52 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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But not on Saturdays.


23 posted on 11/21/2009 5:19:34 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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24 posted on 11/21/2009 5:20:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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25 posted on 11/21/2009 5:23:07 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Smooth!


26 posted on 11/21/2009 5:35:58 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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When this topic loaded, all I could see was the top of that mailbox graphic, looked like the Obama logo.
Below Zero

27 posted on 11/21/2009 6:03:33 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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