This is going to be a monthly feature devoted to sharing with you guys other pen pal- and snail mail-related sites out there.

Actually, this post isn’t really web-based, but since the winter holidays are coming, I thought I would share with you an exciting snail mail tradition that is coming back this year! My normal post reviewing a mail-related app will be making an appearance next week.

Look closely at your postmarks this holiday season, Iggles! The North Pole postmark has made its return!

Yup. You heard me.


Every year, the United States Postal Service receives many, many requests for a postmark from the North Pole. This year, the awesome and sweet tradition has made its return!

How it works: Write your holiday letters and cards like you normally would; fill the envelopes, seal them, address them, stamp them—with the correct amount of postage, mind— etc. Then what you want to do is throw all of them in a larger envelope or a box, and mail them to this address:

North Pole Holiday Cancellation
4141 Postmark Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

The beauty of this activity is that anybody in the world—not just US residents—can participate and it’s provided at no additional cost (with the exception of postage). Cards should be in Anchorage by December 15 if you want to ensure delivery by the 25.

What I say: I think this is so sweet! In the scheme of things, this isn’t a whole lot of extra work to add a little extra something special to a letter or card, especially at this time of year when a lot of people get the most mail from family and friends. It’s simple, it’s cute, and it is a display of excellence in correspondence. Ummm. Yes, please!