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Santa Claus Post Office selects 2016 postmark

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Claire Dilger, 2016 postmark artist Claire Dilger, 2016 postmark artist

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WDRB) – The Santa Claus Post Office has selected its special postmark for 2016.

Beginning December 1, the post office will begin offering the picture postmark to cancel the postage stamps on holiday mail.

The postmark is designed by a local high school student each year as part of an annual contest.

This year’s artist is Clair Dilger, daughter of Jeff and Stephanie Dilger of Mariah Hill.

Claire is a freshman at the University of Southern Indiana and exploring a future in exercise science.

She asks that anyone interested in getting the special cancellation on their holiday mail to follow these guidelines:

  • Allow at least a 2-inch by 4-inch space in the stamp area for the picture postmark.
  • Apply postage to cards or letters before bringing or mailing them to the post office.
  • If you wish to mail Christmas cards to the post office, package them – with postage stamps already on them – in a sturdy envelope or box and mail to: Postmaster, Santa Claus Station, Santa Claus, IN 47579-9998
  • The picture postmark is available on working days between December 1 and 24
  • The picture postmark must be requested by the postal customer.
  • To ensure a good postmark imprint, do not enclose large or bulky items in your holiday mail
  • There is no charge for postmarking; however, there is a limit of 50 picture postmarks per person, per day

Santa Claus is the only town in the world with the name Santa Claus. It receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December – compared to 13,000 pieces of mail per month during the rest of the year.

The special picture postmark has been offered every Christmas season since 1983.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, click here.

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