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Santa to Write Back to Kids in Briarcliff

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Kids who write to Santa this year can drop their letters off at the special Santa mailbox at the Briarcliff post office and they'll be sure to get a response back.

"Santa writes back a personal letter to their home," said Stephanie Rossi, a senior recreation assistant at the Briarcliff Recreation Department, which is sponsoring the Letters from Santa Claus program along with the Briarcliff Manor Post Office.

The Santa mailbox, decorated with a Santa hat and labeled "Santa Claus North Pole," has been at the Briarcliff post office since Nov. 25, and kids can drop their letters to Santa there until noon on Dec. 19. Children should be sure to include their return address in the letters.

"It's just a nice thing to do to give them a place to send their letters every year," Rossi said.

Scott Alley of Briarcliff saw the Santa mailbox at the post office on Monday and he recalled how his two children wrote letters to Santa when they were younger.

"They'd write 'I've been a good boy or girl' and they'd get a letter back. They believed in Santa, especially my daughter," Alley said.

Susan Cowie of Briarcliff said she thinks it's "adorable" that kids can write to Santa and get a letter back.

"I think it's very sweet to try to continue these old-fashioned traditions," she said.

Rosemary Difonso of Briarcliff agreed.

"It's just wonderful at this time of year to see the joy in a child's face when they write a letter to Santa and get one back," she said.

No postage is necessary for the letters to Santa and the post office also delivers Santa's letters to children for free, as long as the children live within the Village of Briarcliff.

Last year, about 75 to 100 Briarcliff children wrote letters to Santa, Rossi said. "Santa's helpers" responded with letters that were personal, often mentioning children's siblings or pets and telling the child that Santa and his elves have been very busy.

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