There are only a few weeks left until Christmas, which means it's time for children to write their letters to Santa Claus. And with a bit of help from the U.S. Postal Service, your child can get a response from ol' St. Nick himself!
Here's how the "Letters from Santa" program works:
North Pole Postmark Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998
Once the envelope is sent, the folks at the post office will take care of the rest. "Letters from Santa" must be received by the Anchorage postmaster no later than December 15, so make sure your kids write their letters soon!
If you're looking for tips on what to write when responding to your child, UNLV Writing Center Director Gina Sully, Ph.D., wrote up a couple sample letters. You can find them here.
Dr. Sully also offered the following pieces of advice:
1. Try to get your older kids to participate in process of sending letters to Santa and writing letters from Santa
2. Appeal to your child's senses to create authenticity
Smell: LIGHTLY spritz the back of the envelope with seasonal scent: peppermint, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.
Touch: Use high-quality paper with a higher fiber content.
Sight: Use stationery with a seasonal border. Don’t use a computer printout for the body of the letter, although you could create letterhead using the address to which your child sent their letter
Sound: The letter must not be in your voice.
3. Personalize the letter for each child
4. Personalize the content for your home, traditions, and family milestones
5. Share some details about daily life at the North Pole
6. Demonstrate that Santa is watching & encourage desirable behavior: Make a “praise sandwich”
7. Ask the child to do something for Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve
8. Be sure to consume the treats and leave some crumbs for your child to find. And maybe even a thank-you note
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