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New address, but same Santa's Mailbox in Denison

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Santa's Mailbox is in a new spot in downtown Denison. (KTEN) Santa's Mailbox is in a new spot in downtown Denison. (KTEN)
Pre-schoolers deposit their Christmas wishes in Santa's Mailbox in downtown Denison. (KTEN) Pre-schoolers deposit their Christmas wishes in Santa's Mailbox in downtown Denison. (KTEN)
Santa and Mrs. Claus attended the 2017 unveiling of Santa's Mailbox in downtown Denison. (KTEN) Santa and Mrs. Claus attended the 2017 unveiling of Santa's Mailbox in downtown Denison. (KTEN)
Santa's Mailbox is now stationed in front of Nietling Optical in downtown Denison. (KTEN) Santa's Mailbox is now stationed in front of Nietling Optical in downtown Denison. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- After 63 years, Santa's Mailbox in downtown Denison is moving two-and-a-half blocks --  from the now-closed Hubbard Furniture store to Nietling Optical.

"I wanted it downtown to where the kids can stick their letters in it real easily instead of some other place," said furniture store owner Marcus Hubbard.

Over its long history, Santa's Mailbox caused Hubbard some trouble.

"One day the wind was blowing about 40 miles an hour and it went down the street, Main Street," he said. "Now we put concrete bricks underneath it so it doesn't blow away."

But the direct link to the North Pole has mainly brought cheer to Hubbard.

"My dad came up with the idea. He saw another appliance dealer do that," he said. "And I was five years old when I stuck it in there, and I'm 68 now."

The big red box seems to bring out the Christmas spirit in many people.

"We have anywhere from 125 to 150 letters come in each year," Hubbard said. "We have two or three generations sticking mail in."

The mailbox will be in front of Nietling Optical at 417 West Main Street until December 22, so make sure you write your letters and drop them off before Santa takes them back to the North Pole.

At the grand opening, several pre-schoolers came to dispatch their Christmas wish lists.

"I want a Jurassic Park bike, and I want a Jurassic Park set and Jurassic Rules," Hudson told us.

"I want a motorcycle," said Jensen.

And Jameson doubled down on one particular gift:  "A Flash bike, a reindeer play set, and a Flash bike."

Dennis Nietling, owner of Nietling Optical, says he's ready to see this tradition continue in an age of e-mail and social media.

"My own kids have taken letters there, so it brings back fond memories from long ago," he said. 

So you'd better not pout, you'd better not cry... and you'd better bring your letters to Santa's Mailbox.

"I want the kids to start stuffing it full of letters," Hubbard said.

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