Christmas Island postmark adds that extra something special to holiday greetings worldwide
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, NS, Nov. 15, 2011
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, NS, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Christmas Island
Postmistress Hughena MacKinnon is busy gearing up her tiny post office
for the anticipated influx of holiday mail set to arrive from all over
the world—all in search of a very special postmark.
"It really strikes you how special this really is and how much people
appreciate what you do," says postmistress MacKinnon speaking of the
Christmas Island postmark, which she stamps personally on about 1,000
letters a day—2,000 on busiest days—during the peak holiday timeframe.
"For us to receive letters from as far as Japan looking for our
postmark—it makes you stop and think how small the world really is and
how we are all connected in one way or another."
For over 16 years now at this time of year, the Christmas Island post
office gets almost as busy as Santa's workshop. The amount of mail
received at the office jumps almost 1,000% during the holidays. The
thousands of letters come from around the world from collectors and
holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas
For those interested in having holiday cards postmarked, please address
and place the correct postage on the actual greeting card, insert card
into a larger envelope and send to:
Christmas Island Post Office
8499 GRAND NARROWS HWY CHRISTMAS ISLAND NS B1T 1A0
Image with caption: "Hughena MacKinnon, Postmistress at the Christmas Island Post Office in Cape Breton, NS, receives thousands of letters from holiday enthusiasts and collectors from around the world in search of the special Christmas Island postmark. (CNW Group/Canada Post)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111115_C5900_PHOTO_EN_6702.jpg