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People flock to Bethlehem Post Office for holiday stamps

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People flock to Bethlehem Post Office for holiday stamps (WFSB) People flock to Bethlehem Post Office for holiday stamps (WFSB)
BETHLEHEM, CT (WFSB) -

A seasonal tradition has taken over one Connecticut town.

For almost eight decades, letters have been mailed from Bethlehem with a holiday stamp that’s one of a kind.

Families continue to participate in the tradition at the Bethlehem Post Office, which has been going on for the past 80 years.

"I think family and friends that live far away, they just get excited to see that stamp, especially those who moved far away and use to live here and it's just exciting,” Jessica Feliciano of Woodbury said. 

Connecticut’s "O Little Town of Bethlehem" gets a lot bigger at Christmas.

The basic brick building is the birthplace of special stamps laid-out in the lobby.

"Earl Johnson who was the postmaster in 1938, he decided he wanted to send a Christmas card to the president so he designed this cache and he stamped his Christmas card with it and mailed it to the president and that was the beginning," said Vera Rosa, the post office clerk.

Rosa has been a clerk for 33 years at the post office, where new stamps are made each year. Anyone can stop and stamp holiday love on cards.

"It’s amazing and it's wonderful that it's still going on," Rosa said.

Janet Robinson drove from New Haven, but people come from all over, and have been doing so for years, 55-years in Barbara Cafora's case.

"To me, it's hanging on to the old with the new," Robinson said.

"I like to receive a card and I hope and pray we don't get away from it too much,” Cafora added.

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