Break out the pen and paper — it’s time to teach your kids how to write a letter to Santa! We all know that he sees you when you’re sleeping. And we’re aware that he knows when you’re awake. But when it comes to piling presents under the tree, Santa doesn’t know what you want unless you ask for it. The holidays are here and the Christmas clock is ticking. Here’s how to coach your kid to write a letter to Santa—and even get a response from the North Pole—in time for a merry Christmas.
1. Set the seasonal tone.
2. Start with a salutation.
Everyone appreciates good manners, including Mr. Claus. Begin the letter with “Dear Santa.” Inspire your kids to include Mrs. Claus and the elves in your greeting, if you feel like going the extra mile.
3. Introduce yourself.
Let Santa know their name, age and some fun things about them to get acquainted. Maybe they love soccer or are learning to swim. Perhaps they're training their pet turtle to do a trick. Share some colorful details in the first few sentences of their letter.
4. Naughty or nice?
Yes, Santa knows the real truth here. But if your kids are proud of something nice they've done this year, now is a good time to share it. “I helped mom make dinner,” or “I cleaned up my room before I was asked.” Good deeds score extra Christmas cookie points with our jolly old friend.
5. All I want for Christmas is…
Now it’s time for your children to start writing their list. Line by line, they can share what you’d like for Christmas this year. Remember, it doesn’t have to be all about toys. They can also wish for things like happiness in your house.
6. Say please and thank you. Again, manners matter!
Santa notices words such as “please and thank you” just like mom and dad do. Perhaps they also want to wish him Merry Christmas or request an extra apple for Rudolph this year. Then, have them sign their names on their letter and let you handle the rest.
7. Send it north.
Thanks to the United States Postal Service, moms and dads who plan ahead can get a return letter postmarked from the North Pole to their child. Here’s how: write out a response to your child’s letter from Santa (don’t forget Santa needs to sign it!) and place it, along with your child’s letter, into a stamped envelope with your child’s name and address on it. Write “Santa Claus, North Pole” as the return address (with postage) Place that envelope into a stamped envelope with your child’s name and address on it. Write “Santa Claus, North Pole” as the return address.
North Pole Postmark Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99530-9998
(Letters must be received in Anchorage, Alaska before December 15 in order to get a response).
8. Enjoy eggnog and Christmas cookies—and remember to be nice—as your kids await their response. Ho, ho, ho!