I wonder if Santa uses emoticons. (Dear Santa Letter Week: children’s stationery & resources)
This week is Dear Santa Letter Week, which means you should…you know, write a letter to Santa. We have to write letters to Santa because the prospect of seeing Santa at the mall gives my children hives.
The last time my daughter saw Santa was six years ago when she was two years old. She was so terrified of Santa she sat on his lap and asked for “Waaaaaaa! MaaaaaMaaaaaa!” My son is now 5 and has never in his life seen Santa simply because I was pregnant with him the last time Madison saw Santa. He absorbed the terror directly through my placenta.
So for us, it’s a letter or nothing when it comes to Santa Claus.
Santa appears to be quite fond of email, like we all are. At NorthPole.com you can send an email to Santa and my kids enjoyed playing on the site. But my goodness, who knew Santa liked animated gifs so much? Santa Claus might need a web designer elf.
If you’re in a hurry to see what your child would like from Santa or if your child is too young to write a letter, an email to Santa may be the easiest way to go.
But my daughter likes to write letters and my son is at an age where his ability to write gives him tremendous pride. So we’re working on our snail mail letters to the North Pole.
Writing letters in general is great practice for kids and a letter to Santa may be the perfect excuse to buy the Klutz book of letters illustrated by Claire Roberts of Loobylu.
When your child is actually writing out his letter it might be worthwhile to help them consider which one or two things they want the most and then let them fill in the rest of their list with the things that would be nice to have.
I say this because my children are commercialized little people and they need gentle reminders of the risks of wanting everything they see on television so much. Most of those ‘Must-Haves’ from television end up not being as much fun as advertised. To get this point across to my daughter, all I have to say is, “Remember Go-Go My Walking Pup?” and she knows exactly what I’m talking about.
Many country’s postal services have special addresses to send letters to Santa. In Canada you can direct your child’s letter to:
North Pole, Canada
The Santa Claus in Finland is quite popular, he gets over 600,000 letters a year from 150 countries. You can send your letter to the Finnish Santa Claus at:
Santa Claus Village
Arctic Circle, Finland
The United States Postal Service says letters to Santa should be addressed to
The North Pole, AK
Of course, if you have a child on the cusp of realizing the truth about Santa, the Alaska address may raise red flags. But then, if your child really wants to believe they’ll let these things slide I’m sure. Especially when there’s an Easy Bake Oven hanging in the balance.
You can write a response back to your child from “Santa” and have it postmarked from the North Pole via the US Postal Service as well. If you have a perceptive little person in the house and you’d like to keep the myth going for a few more years you can have a friend write out your response in their less detectable handwriting.
Send your letter (by December 15) from Santa addressed to your child with correct postage attached (and Santa’s address in the return address field) in a larger envelope addressed to:
North Pole Christmas Cancellation
5400 Mail Trail
Fairbanks AK 99709-9998
There are services which will do this for you, but frankly I can be Santa for my kids a lot better than somebody else can. I can also do it for much less than $8.
This way I can add a few choice bits of advice directly from Santa. Like, for example, “Dear Madison, please stop saying, “One Minute!” every time your parents as you to do something. It’s annoying. Love, Santa!” Or “Hey Max. I know you love your parents a lot but 4 am isn’t the optimal time for a cuddle puddle. Love, Santa.”
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