The tradition is part of the magic of the festive season – but it seems postal company UPS didn’t get that memo.
And it seems Scrooge himself is in charge of the postal giant's official Twitter @TheUPSStore after a tweet about the firm shredding the letters that Santa needs to see went viral.
It said: “If your child addresses a letter to the North Pole, you can leave it with us.
“We do shredding.”
Needless to say, people are horrified.
The tweet caused such a stir it has since been removed but parents have lashed out at the company.
Their CEO has been compared to the Grinch, while others tweeted: “Who hurt you?”
One person wrote: “RIP Social Media Manager of The UPS Store.
“You will be missed.”
And a third tweeted UPS: “Shredding one dream at a time.”
The company has since issued a response, claiming it was only meant to be a joke.
Staci Reidinger, public relations and social media manager for the company, told BuzzFeed: “We do a lot of puns that have second – or third-level meanings in our posts. We thought this was going to be one of those.
“We did not want to take away from the magic of Christmas.
"[The tweet] was just to get people laughing."
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