What came from Lithuania…

My pal Ugne sent me these two lovely postcards – they arrived just before Christmas! :) Lately we’ve been having major issues with our mail – even with completely correct addresses, our mail was disappearing! I don’t know if it was just bad luck or a gang of tiny evil postcard snatchers… but I’m happy something got through and hopefully we won’t be having any more troubles.

Anyway, here are the postcards – the black and white one, and a lovely Christmas card!

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Santa Claus, Indiana, USA

Santa Claus? Yes, Santa Claus. There’s a town called Santa Claus in Indiana. How awesome is that!? According to Wikipedia, Santa Claus was established in 1854 and known as Santa Fe (pronounced “fee”). In 1856, when the town was working to establish a post office, the USPS refused their first application as there was already a Santa Fe established with the USPS. Several town meetings were held, during which the name Santa Claus was selected.

The town has the world’s only post office to bear the name of Santa Claus. Because of this popular name, the post office receives thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. A group of volunteers known as Santa’s Elves ensures each child receives a reply from Santa Claus; this tradition has been in existence since at least 1914.

Now that you know all that… check out this awesome postmark!!

O’Neal, thank you for the wonderful postcard!! :)

Gengenbach (Germany) city hall

Another sweet postcard from the lovely Petra, Germany. We already swapped before and finding this postcard in my mailbox was a really nice surprise.

Gengenbach is a town in the district of Ortenau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Black Forest with about 11,000 inhabitants.

This postcard is showing the town’s city hall, which is decorated as an advent calendar during holidays. As the building has exactly 24 windows on its front side, each window is decorated, and every day from Dec. 1 until Dec. 25 one window is opened. Just like you do it on those children’s advent calendars that hide a little chocolate behind each date… except this is a building and there is no hidden chocolate. :)

It’s a really cool thing, I must say!

Slovenian Christmas card

This is a nice Christmas card I received from a Slovenian user bianca through Postcrossing. The first time I receive anything Slovenian through Postcrossing, btw.  And knowing how much I like Slovenia… of course I’m happy! She could have sent me an empty piece of paper instead of a card, I’d still be happy. :)

The picture on the card is an illustration by Jelka Reichman, one of the most known children’s book illustrators in Slovenia.

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I kind of forgot to update this blog in quite a while…. :( I’ll do my best to get back on track quickly.

So, today I found this lovely postcard in my mailbox. It’s an official Postcrossing card, coming straight from Germany and with a really cool writing on its back. Among other things the sender wrote is this awesome quote: “Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.” I’m not sure where this quote is coming from, but I like it anyway. :)

Not to mention it’s quite fun to find a Christmas postcard in your mailbox – in February. <3