CHRISTMAS ISLAND, NS – If your looking to add a special touch to your Christmas cards this year do we have a great idea for you.  The post office in the small village of Christmas Island, in Cape Breton, N.S., has become a special holiday destination for holiday mail thanks to the communities unique name. At this time of year, thousands of festive greeting cards and packages coming from all across Canada and the World flow through the community before reaching their final destination.

These pieces of mail are greeted like old friends by postmistress Hughena MacKinnon, who is ready to add the special postmark that made the tiny post office famous around the world.

“Every year, thousands of people take the time to send me their greeting cards to get the special postmark before it gets delivered,” says postmistress MacKinnon who can stamp almost 2,000 greeting cards a day during the peak holiday season.

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“People around the world are willing to put in extra efforts to ensure their greeting cards are unique for their loved ones,” adds Ms. MacKinnon. “That makes our work even more meaningful. I believe we bring an extra smile in the mail when people receive their holiday card or package.”

The tradition dates back 18 years when Ms. MacKinnon’s predecessor, Margaret Rose MacNeil, asked Canada Post to create a postmark for the aptly named community.


These days, the Christmas Island post office becomes almost as busy as Santa’s workshop. The quantity of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000 per cent between October and December, compared to the rest of the year. Ms. MacKinnon and her postal elves can expect more than 15,000 letters and packages from collectors and holiday enthusiasts around the world anxious to get the official Christmas Island postmark.

Make your holiday cards special this year with a postmark from Christmas Island. Address and place the correct postage (or international reply coupon) on the actual greeting card, insert the card into a larger envelope and send to:

Christmas Island Post Office  8499 GRAND NARROWS HWY CHRISTMAS ISLAND NS  B1T 1A0

SOURCE Canada Post


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