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    Posted December 24, 2012 by
    San Francisco, California
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    Christmas where you live

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    Letters to a Real Santa Claus


    If you haven't sent your letter to Santa yet, time's a wasting.
    The historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California helps children get those wishes signed and sealed. They offer a special space reserved for children to complete and mail their letters to Santa. Tonight, a steady stream of last minute posters went in and out of the cozy Christmas glitzed room, making sure their wishes were in writing and in on time for Santa's journey less than 24 hours away.
    If you make the trip, plan to stay awhile and savor the lavish lobby Christmas decorations including a full sized Gingerbread House made of 7,750 pieces of gingerbread and 1,250 pounds of Royal Icing, the "glue" that holds all the sweet goodies together.
    The 22' by 23' delicious delight looms below the lavishly embellished lobby ceiling  and has been painstakingly assembled and decorated with every Christmas candy and fantasy any child of any age could imagine.
    When you walk through the sweetly garnished doorway, there's no doubt it's the real thing as the fragrance of the delicious spicy gingerbread fills your head and your senses, bringing back the kid in all of us.

    Moms, dads, and kids passed through the fragrant doorways, and some even tried to sample the tempting treasure, painstakingly decorated with 675 pounds of candies.
    A train chugs around an icey winter fantasy in the front windows where everything imaginable is represented as Santa tubes, penguins play, and even Nessie visits as if she were on vacation from Loc Ness.
    If San Francisco is too far of a trek for you, the USPS has a nationwide "Letters to Santa" program that they've been operating for a century. USPS  "elves" read letters and real life "Santas" are invited to fill the wish lists sent to Santa.
    Go to http://about.usps.com for the guidelines on how to participate, wherever you are this season to make Christmas dreams come true for you and yours.

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