The festive period is an exciting and busy time for families, especially those with young children. While it is easy for the ‘wish lists’ to grow, perhaps you could keep expectations in check and sneak in a literacy activity, by getting the kids to write a letter to Santa. Who knows – the man in red may even reply!
How to Send a Letter to Santa
Step 1 – Brainstorm ideas
There’s no doubt children will have lots on their wish list come Christmas time. To get it down on paper maybe brainstorm some ideas, or for those who can’t write just yet, cut out some picture from catalogues.
Also consider listing things you are grateful for, some of the good things you have done, your greatest achievements and maybe even ask Santa a question – does Santa really like cookies or does he prefer chocolate or cake?
Step 2 – Write the letter
Set yourself up with your pens/pencils, paper and maybe even put on some Christmas music to get into the spirit of things. Try your best to do your neatest writing or if you can’t quite write yet, as a bigger person to help you. And don’t worry too much about your spelling – I’m sure Santa will understand.
Step 3 – Address the envelope
Addressing an envelope is becoming a thing of the past, so use this time to discuss how to address an envelope, where to put a stamp and why you might put on a return address.
Step 4 – Post the letter
When your letter is written, addressed and ready to post, all you need to do is find the relevant post box. Make sure you snap a pic of your little one posting their letter to Santa as a memento.
Step 5 – Wait patiently for a reply
This may be the hardest (and longest) part of the process, but when your Brisbane Kid finally gets a reply from Santa in the mail, it will all be worth the wait. This might be a good time to let the children check the mailbox each day to see if they get any mail addressed to them.
We all know Santa lives in the North Pole, but there are several different addresses where you can reach him by mail.
For sending via Australia Post
- Write your letter to Santa
- Address the envelope to: Santa, North Pole 9999
- Attach a 65c Christmas card-only stamp to the front of the envelope
- Write your name and address clearly on the back of the envelope so Santa can reply (Australian addresses only)
- Post your letter to Santa at any Australian Post post box or one of the specially marked post boxes at participating Post Offices
- For children with low-vision large text replies can be made by addressing the letter to: Santa Mail (large text), NORTH POLE 9999
If you want a reply before Christmas Day send your letter before the 1st of December 2023 (letters can be sent up to the 24th of December 2023 for later replies). More details can be found at Australia Post.
Other Ways to Send a Letter to Santa
If you are short on time, perhaps you may like to consider writing a letter to Santa online. There are many websites, both free and paid, which offer this service.
In the past several local libraries or real estate agents have also offered a letter writing service to Santa, so as Christmas nears, keep an eye out in your local area for other options.
We hope you and your kids enjoy the process of writing a letter to Santa. May you have a Merry Christmas.