Christmas Island Post Office Very Busy
December 14, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, New Brunswick, Dec. 14 (UPI) — A tiny Canadian post office in Christmas Island, New Brunswick, is busy applying its festive postmark and forwarding mail received from around the world.
Since the 1990s, the post office has been receiving parcels with addressed Christmas cards and money for Canadian postage to receive the Christmas Island postmark, the Globe and Mail reported.
The lone full-time employee, Hughena MacKinnon, has had to put the hamlet’s letter carrier to work helping with opening packages of cards, applying postage and hand-stamping the postmark.
This year’s design is a decorated wreath, which is applied in two stampings of red and green, the report said.
“A wreath’s meaning was a wish of good health, so you put a little good health with the Christmas card,” MacKinnon said.
Curiously, Christmas Island isn’t on an island, but rather on Cape Breton, and there is no official explanation of how the village first got its name, the Globe said.