Noel keeps the Christmas stamp tradition alive

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A town in Southwest Missouri is keeping its 86 year old Christmas tradition alive in a special way. They are post marking all of their outgoing mail with special holidays stamps.

Any other time of the year this town goes by Noel, but during the holidays they change their name to “Noel.” This tradition started back in 19-32, and has turned into something the post office takes pride in. From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, the Noel Post Office places its specialized Christmas stamps on outgoing mail.

“All they got to do is send ’em down to us or bring them down. And we get one of three, if not all three stamps on the cards or envelopes,” says Don Spiares, Noel Postmaster.

And the tradition doesn’t stop here. In previous years, the Noel Post Office has stamped as much as 85,000 letters during the holidays, from all corners of the globe.

“On average we get Lithuania, China, Germany, France, Canada, Mexico. And pretty much 38 out of the 50 states,” says Don Spiares.

This highly anticipated event brings out volunteers every year to help stamp all of the envelopes. Sharon Williams has been a stamper for more than ten years. And she says she comes back every year to help spread holiday cheer.

“Just visiting with everyone and the littles ones when they come in. We have a good time,” says Sharon Williams, Christmas Elf.

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