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There’s a place in the White Mountains that people seek out simply to mail their Christmas cards.

It’s the little town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Since the 1960’s, the post office has postmarked “BETHLEHEM” on more than a million pieces of holiday mail. Customers can use an ink pad to stamp a winter Bethlehem scene — with hilltops and the North Star — all in green.

“Always use green for Christmas,” postmaster Brian Thompson says, with a smile.

This is the 24th Christmas Thompson has presided over what’s likely the most popular place, around this time of year. People too far away to show up at the counter send him cards they want mailed out from Bethlehem.

“Because of the name of the town, they come from all over New England, and some people send us cards from all over the United States and around the world to get our special cache and cancellation,” he says.
There’s even a customer in the Middle East. And three generations of one family that come in every year.

Usually, post offices truck mail to a main delivery center to be postmarked, but Bethlehem’s staffers have Postal Service permission to do the job themselves.

source US Post Office


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