This post pairs perfectly with Amy Grant's "Grown-Up Christmas List"
By Melissa Presti (Book Publisher)
Buddy the elf once said "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" and not only was he wrong, he was a horrible singer. On the other hand, Amy Grant is AMAZING.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is obviously through presents, as long as your ratio sways toward giving more gifts to others than to yourself. We all know how it goes when you're out Christmas shopping: buy one gift for someone else and buy two for yourself. Just switch that around and you're all good.
In the spirit of giving, I decided to participate in Operation Santa, which celebrates it's 100th Anniversary this year. The concept is simple: the United States Postal Service responds to "Dear Santa" letters that come in by the thousands from all over the country. Families and children in need of a little extra help to make Christmas special are reaching out to you and me.
This holiday program is known nationwide as "Letters to Santa" and here you can find the closest participating USPS office near you. The James A. Farley post office on the corner of 34th street and 8th avenue headquarters the largest Operation Santa, and responds to more than 500,000 letters every year! You can fill out a form here in advance, bring an ID, and you will be given a stack of letters to read through and choose who you'd like to sponsor. (Tip: if the address on your ID does not match your current address, bring a piece of mail to confirm).
Plenty of letters will express grand desires for an X-box or iPad, and I assume these kids think Santa is a magical millionaire. But many will ask for basic items and I guarantee you'll find one that fits whatever you are capable of giving.
After fulfilling the wishes of the letter writer, you simply return to the post office with the gifts wrapped and boxed and pay for the shipping (identification numbers ensure anonymity between both parties). The program runs from now through Christmas Eve!