Today marks the middle of December, signaling that Christmas is just ten days away. That means there’s still plenty of time to get all your Christmas cards and packages mailed off to the Post Office Master this Christmas in Noel, Missouri.
Aside from the town’s spelling, Noel (typical pronunciation, nole) is much like any other small town in the United States. “The Christmas City” Committee has many planned events for locals, from a Christmas Parade to a Christmas Lighting Contest.
Going into its 9th decade, the local Noel post office has carried on a practice that has drawn worldwide attention. But one tradition has stood the test of time. What began as a simple idea grew into a Christmas tradition sparked by Presidentially appointed postmaster Ed Rousselot in 1933.
Noel Post Office Tradition
Thanks to Postmaster Rosselot, Noel, Missouri, was put into the spotlight with a clever idea that has begun a town tradition that many locals volunteer their time each year to bring Christmas cheer to people all over the globe.
He proposed mailing Christmas cards and letters to Santa get sent to:
Noel, MO 64854
Once the cards arrive, the envelopes get stamped with one of four uniquely designed stamps, which changes the town name from Noel (the french pronunciation, no-ell), once a year, starting the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve to “The Christmas City.” That gets postmarked on the outside of the envelope with either a:
- Red Christmas wreath
- Green Christmas tree
- Red and blue stamp bearing the town’s temporary holiday name, “The Christmas City.”
Afterward, those Christmas cards get postmarked and mailed to the final destination anywhere in the world, including Santa Claus’ North Pole, Alaska, address!
Mountain Charm in this Ozark Town
All of this is only possible with volunteers. The tiny Ozark mountain town has just over 2,000 people; without the townspeople volunteering, “The Christmas City” postmark wouldn’t be possible.
Plan Your Trip to Noel, Missouri
If you can’t make it to The Christmas City this holiday season, but planning to visit in Spring 2023, then you need a comfy place to lay your head with plenty of outdoor activities. Your ideal vacation stay is at Lazy Days Resort and Campground.
With twelve cabins onsite at the resort, there’s plenty to choose from for you and your family to enjoy a cabin experience. From the rustic stay of a single-room cabin for three to full-sized cabins that can sleep 10 to 30 people to a magical stay in a treehouse for twelve, there’s no shortage of options to choose from for your Noel, Missouri, vacation.
Book your stay online today for the perfect Ozark cabin vacation for your entire family.