Writing a letter to Santa Claus is a time-honored Christmas tradition for many children. Receiving a letter back from jolly ol' St. Nick reinforces the magic of the season, especially for kids whose belief may be fading. Make your kids true believers by having a letter delivered in an envelope addressed from Santa that is officially postmarked from the North Pole.
Things You'll Need
Paper or Christmas-themed stationery
2 letter-size envelopes
1 large envelope
Order your letter and envelope addressed from Santa
Order a Santa letter online. If you're pressed for time and/or don't want to risk having your child recognize Santa's handwriting as your own, one option is using Santa Mail, which can send personalized Santa letters to your child with the official postmark from the North Pole. They also offer certificates to award your child for making it onto Santa's "good list" in addition to other fun Santa-themed products that you can customize.
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Santa Mail also guarantees delivery before Christmas and gives customers a 100 percent money-back guarantee. For less than $10, this may be the most convenient option for receiving a letter and envelope addressed from Santa during the busy holiday season.
You can purchase a postmarked letter from Santa from many different services online. However, as with anything you find on the internet, you'll need to perform your own due diligence to ensure your child isn't disappointed.
Have your children write letters to Santa Claus
Have your children write a letter to Santa. This is a great opportunity to teach them the basics of letter writing, including the salutation, body and signature. Encourage children to share their wish list as well as some nonmaterial requests, such as helping someone who is sick or bringing good cheer and happiness to friends and relatives.
Kids can also tell Santa about how well they've behaved throughout the year. They can ask questions about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, the elves and the reindeer as well. This will allow your return letter to be more personalized and convincing. Children can mail the letter in a sealed envelope addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole or drop it in a special letterbox at stores that offer them during the holiday season.
Write a return letter to your child from Santa
Write a return letter to your child from Santa. When alone, read your child's letter and write a response. Use Christmas-themed stationery to add a festive touch. Be sure to disguise your handwriting or enlist someone else to write the letter for you. (You can also type it and print it.) Answer any questions they asked in their letter and personalize Santa's response by including the following:
- Hometown ("Can't wait to fly into __ to drop off your Christmas surprise!")
- Good behavior or notable accomplishments
- Details from the North Pole (Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, etc.)
- Child's best friend (perfect for a P.S. message, such as, "In case I don't have time to write every boy and girl, please tell __ I'll be stopping by with presents there too.")
You can also add any requests from Santa, such as getting to bed early on Christmas Eve or requesting that a favorite type of cookie be left out for him. Don't forget to sign the letter from Santa Claus.
Get the North Pole to postmark the letter to your child for free
Get the letter postmarked from the North Pole. The United States Postal Service offers the Letters from Santa program. You'll need two envelopes, and one must fit inside the other. Place the letter you wrote into the smaller envelope addressed to your child with a return address from Santa Claus, North Pole. Affix the required postage to the envelope for it to be mailed back to you and seal it. Insert the smaller envelope into the larger envelope. Put the appropriate postage on the larger envelope and mail it to:
North Pole Postmark Postmaster
4141 Postmark Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998
The USPS Letters From Santa program is free to use and costs you nothing more than the postage for mailing your envelope to them.
Wait for the reply
Wait for the postmarked letter from Santa to be returned in the mail. As long as the postmaster in Anchorage receives your letter by December 10, your child will receive their letter before Christmas.
Mail your letter to the postmaster in Anchorage, Alaska as early as possible. The post office must receive your envelope no later than December 10 to be returned to your child in time for Christmas.
Be sure to keep your camera at the ready. When the reply from Santa arrives in the mail, you're going to want to capture the joyous, magical moment when your child realizes the letter is really from the North Pole!