Santa to receive eight million letters this year

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Santa Claus also known as Father Christmas is expected to receive 8 million letters this year from children of all ages.

That's according to a Universal Postal Union (UPU) survey of its member countries.

UPU, the United Nations specialized agency for the postal sector, has 192 member countries.

Canada, France and the United States say they each receive upwards of one million letters for Santa annually, followed closely by Great Britain with more than 800,000 and Finland with 550,000.

Santa Claus and Father Christmas are the most popular recipients of letters, but some are also addressed to the Three Wise Men, Ded Moroz and other popular holiday figures.

The Three Wise Men were in the Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth bringing gifts of gold, high quality incense and essential oils.

In Spain, children write to the Three Wise Men. Correos, the national postal service of Spain, places 174 special mailboxes at the main post offices throughout the country to collect these letters.

Many Posts have formal programmes to help answer these missives.

Often, the letters are addressed to Santa, North Pole with the postcode HOH OHO.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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