Writing Letters to Santa Claus with the Kids

Writing letters to Santa Claus is a family tradition for many kids. A Santa Claus mail address is maintained by the US Postal Service, so you can really mail the letters. In fact, there is a way to get a return letter from Santa with a real North Pole postmark. It's an exciting experience for kids to receive a letter back. 

What to Write
Sending a letter to Santa is a great opportunity to teach your kids about letter writing and good communication. Start out with a greeting, then ask Santa Claus how he's been. Showing interest in the person at the start of the letter is a nice way to begin; it makes the writer seem genuine and caring. You don't want to start with a list of requests.

After expressing an interest in how Santa, his reindeer, Mrs. Claus and the elves are doing, the next step is to give some news about yourself. How has your year been? Have you been nice? What important things happened in your life this year?

The next step is to write that list of requests. It's best if some of them could be some wishes for others or the world, instead of a simple list of desired toys. Before ending the letter, mention to Santa how much you are looking forward to his arrival, and that you will be leaving a snack for him and his reindeer. End with a customary closure: Love, Sincerely or Yours Truly are good choices.

Return Letters from Santa
If you want your child to receive a return letter from Santa, you can secretly write it yourself. Try typing or enlist a friend's help if your child knows your handwriting.

Santa should respond warmly, encouragingly and with some reminders about continuing to be good, kind and giving to everyone. Include some news about how busy Santa's been preparing toys and caring for his reindeer. The more you include, the more fun your child will have reading it when it arrives. Place the letter into an envelope addressed to your child, with North Pole, AK as the return address.  

How to Mail
Have your child address the envelope with the official SAnta Claus Address:

Santa Claus
North Pole, AK

If you are not including a return letter from Santa, that's all you need. If you wrote a return letter from Santa, then place both letters into an outer envelope with the following address:

North Pole Christmas Cancellation
Postmaster
5400 Mail Trail
Fairbanks, AK 99709-9998

Postal workers in Alaska will stamp your letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark and send it back to you. You need to provide postage both for the return letter from Santa and for the outer envelope. If you're simply sending a letter to Santa, you'll need to include postage on that envelope.

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