The first is from North Pole, AK. As I understand the instructions, all I need to do is address a postcard to myself and affix a US postage stamp. Then mail it in a large envelope to:
NORTH POLE HOLIDAY CANCELLATION
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
before December 10, 2012. They will send my postcard back to me with a special North Pole canellation on it.
The other Christmas themed cancellation is from Santa Claus, IN. Their postmark is designed by a local high school student each year. They suggest leaving a 2″ x 4″ space in the stamp area for the picture postmark. The postmark is available working days on Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. You must request the picture postmark. There is no charge for the postmark, but out of respect (since they hand cancel tens of thousands or cards & envelopes), there is a 50 picture postmark limit per person. Here is the address for this year’s Santa Claus cancellation:
SANTA CLAUS STATION
SANTA CLAUS, IN 47579-9998
The post office in St. Angelica, NY will probably have a special angel postmark. The address to send your mail to there is:
1 W MAIN
ST ANGELICA, NY 14709-9998
In fact, I just stumbled upon this list from last year with a whole slew of pictoral postmarks available for the Holiday Season. Maybe there’s one here that tickles your fancy?