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USPS offers holiday postmarks

Envelopes baring holiday stamps and postmarks
These simulated envelopes display the national and North Pole holiday postmarks.

The Postal Service is offering two holiday postmarks this year.

From Dec. 1-Jan. 4, all First-Class Mail stamps will be canceled using the national postmark, which shows Santa Claus and his sleigh of reindeer flying over treetops.

Additionally, customers can have stamps on holiday cards canceled using a North Pole postmark. Here’s how to do it:

• Customers should personalize their greeting cards as usual.

• Address the envelopes and affix them with stamps, such as this year’s holiday stamps.

• Put the envelopes in a larger envelope, such as a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope, or a Priority Mail box.

• Put postage on the larger envelope or box and mail it to: North Pole Postmark, Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Drive, Anchorage, AK 99530-9998.

USPS recommends mailing the larger envelope or box by Dec. 8. The USPS Holiday Newsroom site has more information about holiday stamps and postmarks.

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