Mailing letters to Santa is a Christmas tradition that has been going on for years, but how do you get your letter to the big man in red?
For children, there’s nothing more exciting about Christmas than the possibility of finding Santa Claus stacking their presents under the tree. Many kids have trouble sleeping a wink on Christmas Eve because they are straining to hear sleigh bells on their roofs. Children love Santa, and all they really want is to be able to have a direct line to Father Christmas. For decades, children have been writing letters to Santa to explain the ways that they’ve been good over the last year or to make sure the big man knows exactly what they want for Christmas, and in our last blog, we touched on the history of this wonderful tradition. But how do you actually get your child’s letter to the North Pole? Through the mail, of course!
How do you mail your child’s letter to Santa?
Believe it or not, Kris Kringle himself has his own mailing address, and fittingly enough, it’s even in the North Pole! For years children have been sending letters with the hopes of getting one in return, and this year, your child’s dreams of getting a personalized letter can finally come true. Here are the steps you should take to send your letter to Santa:
- Ask your child to write their letter to Santa. Once complete, place the letter in a custom-printed envelope and address it like this: Santa Claus, North Pole.
- When your child is busy with something else, compose your own personalized response to your child from Santa. Don’t forget to sign it, “From Santa.”
- Insert both the letter to Santa and the personalized letter from Santa in an envelope addressed to your child. The return address on the envelope should be Santa Claus, North Pole. Don’t forget to put a First-Class stamp on the envelope!
- Place both letters and envelopes into a larger envelope with the appropriate postage. This letter should be addressed as follows:
North Pole Postmark
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998
In order to get your child’s letter to Santa in time, the United States Postal Service has said that all letters have to be received by December 15th, so if you haven’t sent out your child’s letter yet, don’t wait!
What should you include in your response from Santa?
Your child will absolutely love getting a letter back from Santa, but in order to make the experience as memorable as possible, you need to make sure that the letter actually sounds like it’s coming from Santa instead of just from you. Here are a few ideas to help you make your letters from Santa Claus sound more authentic:
- Mention the specifics of your child’s good behavior – Santa is always watching, and since Santa is all about good behavior, make sure that you mention it in your letter. Whether your child got all A’s in schools or made their bed as they were asked without arguing every morning, they will be delighted that Santa recognized how good they were all year.
- Talk about Santa’s preparations for the big day – Mention all of the things on Santa’s to-do list for getting ready for Christmas, like polishing the sleigh, taking care of the reindeer, washing his red suit and making sure the elves meet their toy-making deadlines.
- Mention something specific about last Christmas – Talk about how Santa came to the house last year and what kind of experience he could have had. Say something like, “Don’t forget those sugar cookies this year. I loved that they were shaped like reindeer!” or, “I almost missed you last year because you weren’t asleep yet. Try to get to bed a little earlier this year.”
- Acknowledge your child’s Christmas list – If you are planning on getting your child something off of their list, it doesn’t hurt to mention it in Santa’s response, such as, “If you keep up the good behavior, you may just get that lego set you wanted after all!”
There’s nothing better than seeing the expression on a child’s face when they read their own personalized letter from Santa! Keep the tradition alive by ordering your own custom printed envelopes from Worcester Envelope and sending your child’s letter to Santa!