“Dear Santa delivers a desperately needed dose of holiday cheer during these troubled times that will leave even the most Grinch-like of viewers bathed in their own tears.”

Dear Santa
2020

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About the film
DEAR SANTA shines a light on the 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ Program of the United States Postal Service. Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, the United States Postal Service makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true. The film invites audiences along for the magic of this massive endeavor. Traveling the country, much like Santa does on Christmas Eve, the film focuses on select ‘Operation Santa’ Centers: some in metropolitan areas like the massive operation in New York City and others in small towns where the Post Office is the heart of the community. The film highlights letters where a child is asking for something poignant, something that goes beyond the common wish for a toy. Santa will explain how he enlists kind hearted strangers across the country for these special requests while he concentrates on toy making, and his demanding delivery schedule. This timeless documentary captures the warmth and spirit of Christmastime through the lens of this great American tradition, provoking audiences throughout the world to ask themselves how they can make the world a better place, one gesture at a time.

Release Year
December 4, 2020

Credits
Director: Dana Nachman
Producers: Brendan Gaul, Christopher Karpenko, Chelsea Matter, Dana Nachman
Executive Producer: Brett Henenberg

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Press

The Real Story About Dear Santa Letters. See Director Dana Nachman’s interview on GMA3.

You Better Watch This Feel-Good Doc on Volunteers Helping Deliver the Presents. ”…Dear Santa is one of the most wonderful films of the year,” says Richard Roeper. Full review in Chicago Sun Times.

“Dear Santa delivers a desperately needed dose of holiday cheer during these troubled times that will leave even the most Grinch-like viewers bathed in their own tears.” Read Frank Scheck’s review in The Hollywood Reporter.