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Where Santa reads and answers his mail.

Where Santa reads and answers his mail

Just above the Arctic Circle in Finland, where winter days are barely 4 hours long, resides a real red-suited Santa Claus. While Laplanders herd reindeer near snow-covered pine trees, Father Christmas, or Joulupukki as the Finns call him, answers his mail with the help of "elves' from the Finnish Tourist Board.

This Santa receives letters from children the world over. His response to their Christmas wish lists is a printed letter with Christmas tree decorations to cut and fold, color photographs of Lapland, and a puzzle-maze map of Finland.

In an interview with Sunset, Santa's chief elves said they received more than 77,000 letters last year, often with a snapshot of the writer or gifts of candy or cookies (a tradition with Japanese children).

Many letters arrive at the tourist board's cedar log cottage addressed only to Santa Claus, North Pole. However, the proper address is Santa Claus, Rovaniemi 96100, Finland.

To get a response before Christmas, airmail your letters as soon as possible (be sure to include your return address). They should reach Santa within seven days.

Photo: Hardworking Santa and helpers read stacks of Christmas wish letters. In response, you receive a holiday missive

Photo: Reindeerskin boots complete red wool Lapp costume of guide at Rovaniemi, shown as dot on Arctic Circle on map
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