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"Dear Santa" letters answered by U.S. Post Office program

An oversized poster with Santa Claus' address is on display at the entrance to the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jean Lachat

An oversized poster with Santa Claus' address is on display at the entrance to the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jean Lachat

An oversized poster with Santa Claus' address is on display at the entrance to the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jean Lachat
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Mail handler Cicely Penny rolls in bins of Letters to Santa packages at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

Mail handler Cicely Penny rolls in bins of Letters to Santa packages at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters...more

Mail handler Cicely Penny rolls in bins of Letters to Santa packages at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Debbie Schmidt of Toji Trading Group brings 40 boxes of gifts for the Letters to Santa program to the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

Debbie Schmidt of Toji Trading Group brings 40 boxes of gifts for the Letters to Santa program to the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds...more

Debbie Schmidt of Toji Trading Group brings 40 boxes of gifts for the Letters to Santa program to the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Jordan Hensley (L), Kelsey Smith (C), and Leslie Harris of Jack Morton Worldwide arrive with Letters to Santa packages to ship at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jean Lachat

Jordan Hensley (L), Kelsey Smith (C), and Leslie Harris of Jack Morton Worldwide arrive with Letters to Santa packages to ship at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jean Lachat

Jordan Hensley (L), Kelsey Smith (C), and Leslie Harris of Jack Morton Worldwide arrive with Letters to Santa packages to ship at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jean Lachat
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Jordan Hensley of Chicago gets ready to ship her box to the Letters to Santa program at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

Jordan Hensley of Chicago gets ready to ship her box to the Letters to Santa program at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of...more

Jordan Hensley of Chicago gets ready to ship her box to the Letters to Santa program at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Postal worker Archie Culbertson (R), assists Brian Lernihan of Chicago with choosing a Letter to Santa at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

Postal worker Archie Culbertson (R), assists Brian Lernihan of Chicago with choosing a Letter to Santa at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the...more

Postal worker Archie Culbertson (R), assists Brian Lernihan of Chicago with choosing a Letter to Santa at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Shereen Morales of Chicago packages Letters to Santa gifts at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

Shereen Morales of Chicago packages Letters to Santa gifts at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to...more

Shereen Morales of Chicago packages Letters to Santa gifts at the Main Post Office in Chicago, Illinois December 18, 2012. "Letters to Santa" program is in its 100th year. Postal employees go through the hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska" to separate out those that express serious need. REUTERS/Jean Lachat (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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