SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WDRB) - The southern Indiana post office known for its Christmas spirit has released this year's special postmark.

The Santa Claus, Indiana Post Office released the postmark, which can be used to cancel postage stamps on holiday mail starting Friday, December 1.

Each year, the holiday postmark is designed by a local high school art student as part of an annual contest. This year’s artist is Audrey Vaal, daughter of Rodney and Agnes Vaal of St. Meinrad, Indiana. During her time at Heritage Hills High School, Audrey was involved in art, choir, Beta Club, National Honor Society, dance, and Spencer County 4-H. Audrey is in her freshman year at the University of Southern Indiana to study elementary education, with an emphasis in social studies.

The postmark has been offered every Christmas season since 1983.

The small-town post office receives 400,000 pieces of mail in December.

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