Canada Post received more than 1.5 million letters to Santa Claus this year.
 
Canada Post started the Letters to Santa Program 36 years ago and what started out as a small local initiative in Ontario, has expanded worldwide.
 
“Every year it’s been growing and growing,” said Canada Post director of media relations and volunteer, Aurélie Walsh. “I was one of those first children who wrote to Santa 36 years ago and now it’s an activity I love to do with my kids.”
 
They receive letters from all over the world and Santa can respond in 39 different languages.
 
The deadline for letters this year was December 11, but Santa sends a little something from his vacation spot for those who sent a letter a bit too late.
 
“Not only do we have to get the letters to the North Pole, but then Santa has to reply to all of them and then Canada Post helps to get them back to everybody,” added Walsh.
 
Canada Post volunteers put in roughly 260,000 hours to help Santa every year.
 
Walsh noted, there is a page on their website for parents to check if a child does not receive a letter on time.
 
Last year, Santa received roughly 1.5 million letters.
 
To date Canada Post has helped Santa reply to 27.8 million letters.

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