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Bethlehem Post Office Tradition Alive and Well Despite Cutbacks

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BETHLEHEM, Md.- Christmas is big business in Bethlehem.  It's become a holiday tradition for people to get their Christmas cards mailed out from the little town in Caroline County.

They are coming for the three wise men stamp and the Bethlehem post mark, but they aren't coming from just a few miles away.

"I've seen people come up from Florida, Georgia, all across the United States." said Kelly Ferguson, who owns the store next to the post office.

They come from overseas as well.  WBOC was shown a letter that came all the way from France.  But this year, a damper was put on the holiday tradition.  Bethlehem's post office hours were cut from 8 to 4 and a request to extend the hours during the holiday season was not granted.  But the tradition has survived.

"The guy next door just had everything set up for us.  We did our stamping, he had a box put out to put our cards in and people came in and it was just a joyous occasion," said Nate Southworth of Easton.

Ferguson said he helped out to make life easier for the long distance travelers.

"They wouldn't have to come back in the afternoon or not be able to mail it with the Bethlehem postmark." said Ferguson

With his help, people who followed the bright star on Main Street from far away wouldn't have made the journey for nothing.

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