Small town in Missouri known worldwide for its Christmas tradition

NOEL, Mo. – Once a year, a McDonald County town changes its name for a very special postage stamp. It is the town of Noel that becomes “Noel” (no-ell) for the annual Christmas postmark at this time of year.

The 90-year tradition lives on as volunteers work in the post office lobby from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve to put a special stamp on incoming letters. This year they expect more than 40,000 stamps. Over the years, cards have been received from states across the nation and countries around the world.

“We love doing it. It’s a great tradition. I’m happy to be a part of this and I bet every family loves getting Christmas cards in the mail. And to have the fact that you’ve gone above and beyond just putting a stamp on them, they’re going to be thrilled,” said Patty Loggin, Post Office Clerk.

“I think it’s very important for a small town as we need to have something that lasts that long. There’s just nothing you know that lasts that long these days, you know. We’re kind of a little little town and nobody knows anything about us except our Christmas celebrations and I enjoy putting that smile on their faces when they receive these cards with the stamps on them,” said Dot Harner, volunteer.

If you would like a free card stamped, mail it to the postmaster in Noel. Small town in Missouri known worldwide for its Christmas tradition

Sarah Y. Kim

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