Art by Brendan O'Connor
The best part: Giving your loved ones abroad something a little extra special
Info/cost: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; Christmas Post Office, 23589 E. Colonial Drive, Christmas; prices vary depending on size and weight; 407-568-2941; usps.com
Yes, those musical holiday e-cards where you paste your face on dancing elves are snort-inducingly funny, but if you want to put a little more heart into your holiday correspondence than just clicking send in your underwear while watching Arrow, why not go old-school snail mail? Just drive a half-hour east of town to Christmas, Florida, where they’ll postmark your letters with a special “Christmas-themed” rubber stamp. According to our friend Postmaster Donna, lines pick up on the Monday after Thanksgiving and don’t stop until Santa’s dropped off your gifts. If the thought of waiting in line in the middle of nowhere gives you hives, you can re-mail all of your letters (pre-postage stamped) to the Christmas Post Office, where they’ll postmark them and mail them out for you. Apparently people do this all the time, but if you re-mail you won’t be able to check out local hotspots like Fort Christmas, Country Craft ’n’ Christmas, Inc., or the Brooks Brothers Alligator Farm, which would be a cryin’ shame.