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How did Santa Claus, Indiana, get its name? Christmas community almost was a 'Santa Fe'

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Carlo Klemm

How did Santa Claus, Indiana, get its name? Christmas community almost was a 'Santa Fe'

February 4, 2018

by Jackie Sheckler Finch - Special to USA TODAY NETWORK

 

Excerpt - SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — A long time ago, a group of people lived in a small community 60 miles from Evansville known as Santa Fe.

When Christmas season rolled around, townspeople were so excited that, for the first time, they would have their own post office to mail their greetings and gifts.

Unfortunately, a big official envelope arrived notifying residents that Indiana already had a "Santa Fe." The town couldn't get a post office until it had a new name. What to do? At the 1852 Christmas Eve celebration in a little log church, citizens debated town names.

Suddenly, a cold December gust blew open the door of the church. In the distance could be heard the faint sound of sleigh bells ringing through the quiet winter night. It was quite puzzling since there was no one around for miles. Everyone was in the tiny church.

But the children were not puzzled. The voice of a small child excitedly rang out, "It's Santa Claus, it’s Santa Claus." The congregation had its answer. Nameless Town became Santa Claus.

Even the local Santa Claus Fire Department has a St.

Celebrants are invited to visit the free Santa Claus Museum for special storytelling sessions at the historic 1880 church and to write a letter to Santa. Children can visit with old St. Nick at the Santa Claus Christmas Store throughout the holiday season. Come Christmas time, an estimated 400,000 pieces of mail find their way to the tiny Santa Claus post office.

“During the rest of the year, about 13,000 pieces of mail are processed each month — as much mail as the post office processes each day during the Christmas season,” Brockman said.

 

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Santa Marty

Bucket List ✅

Motivated by Santa Johnathan!

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Tim Mack

Last year Santa’s elves responded to over 22,000 letters to children they are all volunteer.  They also operate the letter writing campaign on donations they are a 501C-3  Letters get mailed to them from all over the world.  Mail to 

Santa. P.O. Box 1. Santa Claus, Indiana 47579.   If you are so inclined to make a donation just make your check out to 

Santa’s Elves.  I am sure they would appreciate it.

Oh and Santa is available at The Santa Claus Christmas Store from the end of May through Dec. 24th

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Santa Marty

And all those replies are done right here.

 

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Tim Mack

Yes they are and it is a very busy from fight after Thanksgiving until they mail the last letter out on December 21st.

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Santa Marty

It was a “Bucket List” item for myself and Johnathan.... plus getting there was half, if not three quarters of the fun!

We REALLY received celebrity treatment at the Santa Musuem, as well as the Candy Castle as they opened special hours just to accomate our schedule!  (Must have been Johnathan’s reputation, because they would have locked up the town had it just been me)

Both worthy of the time if you are ever in the area.

 

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