None other than St. Nick himself dropped by the Postal Service's main branch Tuesday to kick off the annual Operation Santa Claus.
The tradition started 101 years ago, when postal employees pooled lunch money to buy gifts to mail out in reply to Christmas letters.
Kids NY1 talked to were thrilled.
"I asked Santa for a makeup set so me and my mom can play with makeup and we can have some time together," said one child.
"I'm really thankful he's here today, because I didn't know that he was going to be here," said another. "I thought it was just a myth."
"I think that Santa is going to grant our wishes and make them come true," said a third.
The Postal Service gets 300,000 to 500,000 letters to Santa Claus in New York City alone.
To answer a letter, visit beanelf.org.