Kids now have to pay for letters to Santa in recession move
Irish postal service cites “the economic times we are in”
Children sending letters to Santa this year have to pay up. In previous years, Irish tots sending missives to the North Pole were told there was "no need for a stamp," but due to the recession, things have changed.
An Post, the Irish postal service, is "encouraging" children to use stamps to teach them "the art of letter writing" and because of the "economic times we're in."
“Even Santa knows there’s a recession,” An Post said. “Putting a stamp on will be appreciated, although it is not obligatory. Santa will write back regardless of whether there is a stamp on the original letter. It’s a request, not a demand.”
Read more Christmas stories here
Last week Santa wrote a letter to national newspapers telling children to stick a stamp on it.
“Stick a 55c stamp on the top right-hand corner, and pop it in the nearest postbox,” wrote Claus.
Kris Kringle has changed his tune from just a couple of years ago.
“There’s no need for a stamp, but if they have one handy, they can feel free to stick one on,” he wrote two years ago. “The kind people at An Post have been helping with my replies for more than 20 years, despite it being their busiest time of year.”
An Post sends around 130,000 letters to Santa from Irish children every year. The Irish Times reports that volunteer staff help with the letters, although Rehab also is involved.
The company, which has not increased the price of the basic stamp in six years, said that there were other ways for children to write to Santa and get a response, including online platforms which charge a fee.
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Nelson Mandela once considered a terrorist...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
- Irish students told “No Irish Need Apply”...
- Top ten negative terms used to describe Irish...
- Website attracts 80,000 Irish people ready...
Sean: Good point and those work at home scans. I found a Facebook page: "Irish Around Melbourne" Slan, "Steve"Bill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an unrepentant “communist”
I guarantee you the three posters below me are closer to 70 than 60.Top ten worst ever Irish Christmas gifts, even Santa would take a pass
Santa Claus always leaves candy coins (GELT) in our stockings. I like eating the candy. My mother won her grandson-in-law's gelt when they played drGay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
PhlutiePhan: "Civil Unions" do NOT afford ALL THE SAME RIGHTS & PROTECTIONS under the law, that MARRIAGE affords....and it costs out the