GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – Christmas is 26 days away and Santa Claus is hard at work getting ready for the big day.

One holiday tradition that never gets old is writing a letter to Ol’ Saint Nick.

For the third time, a direct line to Santa Claus has been assembled in Ascension Parish.

A mailbox is set up at 1732 S Purpera Ave.

The mailbox was put up on Black Friday and will remain there until the night of December 22.

The number of letters put into the mailbox has increased each year.

During the first year, Santa was sent 140 letters and in the second year that number jumped all the way to 713, according to Santa’s Mailbox on Purpera.