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HIMMELPFORT, Germany -- Christmas came early for one village in Germany on Thursday as Santa Claus opened his very own post office to answer letters from children from around the globe.

Santa rode his bicycle into the village of Himmelpfort, 55 miles north of Berlin, with a sack full of presents to officially declare the Christmas post office open.

Between now and Christmas, Santa and his helpers are expected to receive thousands of letters from children in more than 70 countries.

Last year they managed to respond to over 22 thousand letters.

His team are multi-lingual, and can speak 15 languages between them.

The post office is one of seven in Germany. It's a project sponsored by the German postal service.