If your children believe in Santa Claus, I’m sure they’ve written him a letter. How excited would they be to receive a letter from Santa and Mrs. Claus?
My family is very large, nine girls. We all have children, grandchildren, and even a few great-grandchildren. Many years ago when my two boys were quite young, I got the bright idea to send them a letter back from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This was way before anyone dared, much less could afford, have their own computers. I did them on something most people have never used, a typewriter. My sister’s thought this was a great idea and talked me into sending them to their children too. This quickly became a cherished family tradition.
Recently, my son was telling a friend about this tradition. He had seen several ads on the internet saying your child could receive a letter from Santa. Upon checking out several websites, he was shocked to find the prices ranged from $9.95 to $19.95. He called to ask which one I used because I sent so many. To his surprise, I told him I made them up and used my knowledge of each child to personalize it.
Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, any one can do it, and it just takes a few minutes. I start with telling them I can’t wait to visit them at their home on Christmas Eve. I make up a little story about something Santa, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and elves are doing for fun at the North Pole. I always add how proud Santa is of some accomplishment they achieved during the year. This can be a sport they played, good grades, or just keeping their room cleaned. If they put cookies out for Santa, remember to say thank you for the treat. I always add a note for them to remember to be good all year, not just during the Holidays. I usually mention a sibling, cousin or friend in the letter too.
I use a few little pictures in different areas of the letter. Some of are ones I’ve painted myself, or pictures from old cards. There are many places on the internet to find pictures or clipart that’s free to use. Just remember to make sure you are not using art that has a copyright. I sign the letter using a script font (QuigleyWiggly is cute) to make it look like Santa really signed it.
You can use one of the same pictures from the letter on the envelope. I print the address directly on the envelope. For the return address, I use something I make up as Santa’s address. I checked with our local post office, and was told if I put it directly into any mailbox, there would be no problem. You cannot hand it directly to the mail carrier or over the counter in the post office; they are not allowed to accept mail without a true address. If you don’t want to mail them, just stick them in the tree for the kids to open on Christmas morning.
Now get busy or your letters might not be received before Christmas. Send a letter to some little person in your life, and watch their eyes light up with excitement. Just imagine, they received a letter from Santa and you made it happen.