LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — It's Christmastime in Kentucky, meaning post offices in a few communities are getting hit requests for their Christmas-themed postmarks.
The post offices in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Partridge annually receive Christmas cards from all over the world with requests they be canceled and mailed from their locations.
Bethlehem Postmaster Susan Leopold told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/V8u78A ) she has three to four volunteers working this year canceling letters with a special cancellation. The Bethlehem Post Office in Henry County has offered a special cancellation during the holidays since 1947, and typically postmarks around 50,000 cards during the Christmas season.
"There is no comparison between the Christmas season and the rest of the year," Leopold said. "I have regulars who come every year, starting the day before Thanksgiving. In fact, if I don't see my regulars, I worry about them. It is a special and exciting time and I look forward to it all year long."
In Nazareth in Nelson County, Postmaster Norine Masterson canceled more than 16,000 letters last year. This year, she designed a postmark showing the traditional manger scene to pay tribute to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth ministry, which is celebrating its 200th Christmas.
In Partridge in Letcher County, Postmaster Joy Short uses red ink in her date stamp to provide a Christmas cancellation when requested. Christmas isn't the only time of interest in Partridge. Short gets requests throughout the year for whatever reason.
"The holiday mailing season is time for the postal service to shine," said spokeswoman Susan Wright. "And we're happy to do whatever we can to help make our customers' holidays special."
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com