The Nikolaus post office in the Saarland St. Nicholas has edited around Christmas 2018 as many letters as never before. The 35 volunteers responded to 24.146 Writing of children from 42 countries, such as the festival Committee of St. Nicholas announced.

This had been 1563 letters more than in the previous year. By far most of the Post came back from Germany (20.577 letters). From abroad, the majority of the letters originated from Taiwan (1469), France (546) Russia (357).

For years, children from all over the world to write “Nicholas” in the small town. The post office is housed in an old school and opens every year from the 5. – 24. December. Nationwide there are a total of seven Christmas post offices.

840 inhabitants, thousands of letters

In the 840 inhabitants of the village of St. Nicholas for more than 50 years, wishes, pictures, and poems to be answered. According to the German Post office is a post office, the oldest Nicholas in Germany. The close to the French border, this Hamlet in the municipality of Taunton is to the organizers, according to the Federal Republic of Germany is the only place with this name.

Already at the beginning of December the Nicholas had to tell the post office what is the majority of the letters: the desire for a Smartphone. The anyway, stand on the submitted request slips more and more frequently at the top of the list, as it was then.

children from about ten years ago, the exact model to often wrote that they would like to have, said Sabine Gerecke, head of the local children’s letter campaign. Younger formulated, mutatis mutandis, often: “no Matter what, the main thing is that I have one.” The responses of Nicholas to work but not digital, he is relieved to E-Mails. “Nicholas is a very old-fashioned,” said Gerecke. He was pleased, even over every letter. “This has a different Flair, as when an E-Mail flashes.”


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