Ring bell for service: Finding Christmas spirit in a rural Alaska post office

Christmas, gifts, mail, post office, Alaska, snow, landscape

So my husband and I are on a road trip from Kodiak Island to the big city of Anchorage, Alaska. Our journey involves a 10-hour ferry ride followed by a 5-hour drive through winter wonderlands you read about in story books. We have Christmas presents to mail so we pull into the tiny post office in Anchor Point, Alaska, just outside of Homer.
No one’s at the front counter, but we see a sign, “Ring Bell for Service.” We push the button and suddenly “Joy to the World!” fills the waiting area.

Soon a petite lady with auburn hair appears. “May I help you?”
“I’d like to mail these packages,” says Marty.
“Would you like me to put ‘fragile’ on them?”
“Oh, no,” he says, smiling. “This is fruitcake. You can’t hurt fruitcake.”

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Here’s a sampling of winter wonderland scenes we discovered on our road trip… Merry Christmas!

Snow, mountain, sunrise, tree, sun, lake, photograph

Morning sun bursts over mountain ridge near Tern Lake, Alaska. Marion Owen photo

Hoarfrost, mountain, trees, black and white, B&W, Alaska, white, winter

Hoarfrost encases trees along Alaska’s Sterling Highway. Marion Owen photo.

Alaska, snow, hoarfrost, tree, lake, sunrise

Sunrise over frozen lake near Cooper Landing, Alaska. Marion Owen photo.


  • Melissa.
    January 5, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Tomorrow being Epiphany thought is was worth noting I’ve read the original Three Kings cake was what we call Christmas fruitcake. The spices celebrate the kings coming from the Orient. I love a good homemade fruitcake with a cup of tea. M.

  • Eva
    December 30, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Love it, especially the scene at the post office! : )))

  • Colleen
    December 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    WOW! Beautiful! Thank you!

  • [email protected]
    December 13, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Would you want to share your fruitcake recipe? Our first Christmas together we were living in Estes Park, CO (47 years ago) Keith and I made fruitcakes and sent to all of our family. Always looking for a good one.
    Merry Christmas to you and Marty. Candy

    • marionowen
      December 13, 2015 at 8:45 AM

      Hi Candy… the recipe is handwritten on 2 sheets of paper. I would be happy to scan it and email it to you. Do you need my email address?

  • Velda
    December 12, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Always good to see a post from you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Velda Roseville CA
    Sent from my iPhone

    • marionowen
      December 13, 2015 at 8:46 AM

      Thanks, Velda. And may your Christmas be filled with very special blessings from Him.


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