Today begins Christmas Museum Week. Don’t worry…you’re not missing anything. It’s something I just made up. Christmas Museum Week is kind of like Shark Week, just not as exciting. The Santa Claus Museum in Santa Claus, Indiana is a good place to start.
“The town’s name did not peak interest until 1914 when Santa Claus’ 14th postmaster, James Martin, took it upon himself to answer children letters. In 1935, the town built its first attraction: Santa Claus Candy Castle. One year later Enchanted Forest was developed with different toy companies that shipped their packages with the Santa Claus, IN postmark. They also created Santa Claus Park which highlighted a 22-foot statue of Santa Claus. Today the Santa Claus Museum serves as headquarters for Santa’s Elves to answer all the letters that flood the tiny post office during the holidays. The elves normally answer approximately 10,000 letters each year, however, last year they answered over 35,600 letters.”
Probably because the kiddies are asking for Santa to bring mommy and daddy a job.
Some museum highlights are the typewriter that was used for over 30 years to answer countless letters and old postcards from Santa Lands that no longer exist.