Unprecedented Demand for Mail from Santa ClausBonn, 12/26/2004, 10:30 AM CET
The Deutsche Post retail outlets which respond to children's Christmas mail set a new record in 2004 with more than 450,000 letters. In 2003, approximately 350,000 children sent mail to Santa Claus.
The largest of the seven Christmas retail outlets is located in the village of Himmelpfort in the German state of Brandenburg. Some 250,000 letters were sent here since Christmas, the first of them arriving in summer! The wish lists came from children all over the world. In fact, the number of letters from abroad sent to Himmelpfort has doubled. Santa Claus answers letters here in eleven languages such as English, French, Russian and Polish.
This year he has expanded his repertoire to include Lithuanian, Danish and Bulgarian. The Himmelpfort Christmas retail outlet has been in existence since 1984, when two children from Berlin and Saxony sent their wish lists to northern Brandenburg after spending a vacation there. Their letters were answered by postal employees. The oldest Christmas retail outlet is located in Himmelsthür and has been in existence since 1967.
Most children ask for more than just entertainment electronics, DVDs and toys, their lists include desires such as a "white Christmas" or "a magic wand to make the presents appear under the Christmas tree so that Santa Claus doesn't have to carry so much."
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