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Father Christmas and his elves might be busy making presents and working on the naughty or nice list, but British Forces Postal Office (BFPO) is also gearing up for a very busy festive period.

The BFPO are very keen to make sure you know when the last postings dates are. One thing to highlight is the 'Free Christmas Mail' service which allows forces families to send parcels to their loved ones on certain deployed operations free of charge, this runs until Friday November 24.

Forces Radio BFBS' Jade Callaway spoke to Lt Col Vickerman at BFPO HQ to find out about the scheme.

There is also the opportunity to write to Santa with your Christmas wishlist and if you have written to him by December 8 (before he gets super busy) you will even get a reply from the man in red himself.

The address for letters to Santa service, with a little help from the Royal Mail, is as follows...

Father Christmas
Santa's Grotto
Reindeer Land

If you are sending letters and parcels to far-flung corners of the forces world you will need to make sure you do so in good time.

The latest recommended posting dates to BFPO addresses vary by location; the earliest being November 20, the latest being December 15 with the exception of mail greater than 2kg travelling via container to The Falkland Islands, for which the deadline has already passed.

All first-class mail sent from BFPO addresses back to the UK must be received in the UK by December 19 and all second-class mail by December 18.

All the important dates you need to know can be found here but bear in mind that due to unavoidable changes to transit times, dates for some locations (BFPO 618, 619 & 620) have been recently updated.

A very early Merry Christmas from BFBS and BFPO. We hope you have lots of parcels to place under your tree wherever in the forces world you find yourself over the festive season.

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