Letters to Santa are answered here

Letters to Santa are answered here

  • Janine Harles passes the keys to Santa's mailbox to Elena Umeno. Photo by My Edmonds News.

    Janine Harles passes the keys to Santa's mailbox to Elena Umeno. Photo by My Edmonds News.

Around the holiday season, the historic waterfront town of Edmonds shows off how it earned “the friendliest town” title, pulling all stops to create a cheerful place where locals gather to shop and share. It’s the kind of place where families go by the museum and the little ones drop their letter to Santa in the big red box  — and they are all answered.

The heartfelt letters to Santa started coming more than 25 years ago when a parks department employee put out a bright red postal box in front of the log cabin museum. Just like the magic we all know Santa embodies, the letters, too, magically started appearing. Another piece of magic... they were all answered. First by the employee's wife, Lana Lindsay. 

As more letters came, her daughter, Janine Harles helped answer them. More recently, local volunteer Elena Umeno was deputized as First Deputy Elf for Edmonds. Not a small job! But one she takes very seriously, and, of course, with good cheer. 

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is in Edmonds! Isn't it time you sent your letter to Santa?



  • Janine Harles passes the keys to Santa's mailbox to Elena Umeno. Photo by My Edmonds News.

    Janine Harles passes the keys to Santa's mailbox to Elena Umeno. Photo by My Edmonds News.

Around the holiday season, the historic waterfront town of Edmonds shows off how it earned “the friendliest town” title, pulling all stops to create a cheerful place where locals gather to shop and share. It’s the kind of place where families go by the museum and the little ones drop their letter to Santa in the big red box  — and they are all answered.

The heartfelt letters to Santa started coming more than 25 years ago when a parks department employee put out a bright red postal box in front of the log cabin museum. Just like the magic we all know Santa embodies, the letters, too, magically started appearing. Another piece of magic... they were all answered. First by the employee's wife, Lana Lindsay. 

As more letters came, her daughter, Janine Harles helped answer them. More recently, local volunteer Elena Umeno was deputized as First Deputy Elf for Edmonds. Not a small job! But one she takes very seriously, and, of course, with good cheer. 

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is in Edmonds! Isn't it time you sent your letter to Santa?



Drinks and Appetizers - it's no secret!

  • We both got rings!

The Local Ladies meet up for drinks and the name exchange for their annual Secret Santa trip. Church Key Pub is casual, comfortable and relaxed. (Shouldn't all shopping trips be like this?) 

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