Australia Post gets festive with new stamps and Santa Mail

Australia Post is encouraging children across Australia to send in their letters for Santa through their Santa Mail. Photo: Julie Scribbles/Wikimedia Commons, published under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.

By TILEAH DOBSON

With less than months left until Christmas, many of us are switching into festive mode as 2021, while stores across Australia begin decorating for the season. Australia Post is also getting into the spirit, releasing two festive goodies.

For many children, writing a letter to Santa Claus is exciting. Thanks to Australia Post, the task of sending that letter to Father Christmas has become easier. They’ve sent out a call to Australian families to get their kids to write down their wishes for the big man himself with Santa Mail.

A tradition that is beloved by families across the country, Australia Post received more than 100,000 letters bound for the North Pole last year.

Australia Post Chief Marketing Officer Amber Collins expressed her excitement for the children who get to discover the joy of this much-loved tradition.

“Santa Mail is one of those Australian traditions that families look forward to every year and it helps bring a sense of excitement and hope at this magical time,” Collins said.

“It’s also a fantastic way for children to practice their literacy skills at home or at school, and we’ve already seen hundreds of schools download this year’s lesson plans designed specifically for classrooms.”

Families can send the letters to Santa in normal red street post boxes or specific Santa Mailboxes at Australia Post. Photo: Kgbo/Wikimedia Commons, published under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.

“We’re encouraging families to get their letters in nice and early so Santa has plenty of time to respond and to visit our Santa Mail website for handy tips, templates and to follow along with the Santa Mail Tracker.”

There is no age limit for children to participate. Letters for the festive icon should be addressed to Santa, North Pole 9999.

Those with low vision can opt for a text message instead from Santa by sending their letters to Santa Mail (large text), North Pole 9999. Families have until Friday, 3 December to send their letters via any red street posting box or dedicated Santa Mailbox at their local post office.

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All letters require a 65c Christmas stamp attached to the front and Australia Post has released their new seasonal stamps in time for the postings. With a wide array of designs and colours, the stamps aim to help spread the joy of Christmas.

Two of the 2021 Christmas stamps highlight the religious aspect associated with the holiday whilst three other stamps depict traditional secular symbols associated with Christmas, such as gingerbread treats. In a nod to Australia’s less wintery Christmas, a stamp with Santa Claus enjoying Christmas Island can be purchased.

Australia Post Philatelic Group Manager Michael Zsolt said the stamps this year give everyone a chance to spread festive joy with a message that is meaningful to them.

“Each year, we always strive to ensure there is something for everyone with our Christmas stamps,” Zsolt said.

While not covered in Christmas snow, Sydney still decorates for the festive season. Pictured are Christmas decoations at Sydney Town Hall. Photo: sv1ambo/Wikimedia Commons, published under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

“The stamps are always popular, and the Christmas Island Christmas stamps, in particular, are a great way to bring a real sense of fun to any Christmas card delivery.

“This year, our The Elf on the Shelf and Disney Christmas-themed licensed stamp packs are also sure to be a hit with families.”

Australia Post worked with their design team to make the stamps this year, with the gingerbread stamps made by Sonia Young, the religious stamps by Jo Muré. The Christmas Island stamps were designed by Andrew McIntosh.

For more information regarding Santa Mail, tips, and letter templates, visit https://auspost.com.au/about-us/supporting-communities/literacy-education/santa-mail.

Tileah Dobson is the news editor of the Sydney Sentinel.