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As Christmas lights begin to appear and thoughts turn to the holiday season, a dedicated group of volunteers in the town of Santa Claus meets to begin yet another year of answering children’s letters to Santa Claus. More and more letters arrive each year and Santa’s Elves need your help to make sure each and every letter receives a response from Santa Claus.

Chief Elf and founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village Pat Koch says for over 100 years the town of Santa Claus has pulled together to help Santa answer letters.

Records show that the first person to answer children’s’ letters to Santa Claus was James Martin, who was appointed postmaster of Santa Claus, Indiana, in 1914. Subsequent postmasters, community groups, and individuals have ensured that the tradition has continued.

Emily Thompson, the Director of the Santa Claus Museum & Village says the volume of letters increases each year, and they want to make sure every letter receives a response so they’re asking local businesses, community groups, neighbors and friends to sign-up as volunteers and help continue this important tradition.

Volunteer Elves are welcome on weekdays or weekends, during the day or the evening. Those interested in serving as volunteer elves should contact Thompson at the Santa Claus Museum & Village as soon as possible to schedule a date and time. Please email or call 812-544-2434.

The Santa Claus Museum & Village is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Santa Claus, and continues the tradition of Santa’s Elves, Inc. by answering letters to Santa. For additional information on letters to Santa and the 2015 Christmas season, visit

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