Help Your Child Write a Letter to Santa

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One Christmas tradition that's fun for both you and your children is to write a letter to Santa together.

Kids who still believe in Santa will be so excited by the idea of writing to Santa, while your older children will help, excited to perpetuate Christmas Magic to their younger siblings. For you, it's a great way to spend some quality time with your children during the hectic season, and to remind yourself what's really important about Christmas.

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Get Organized Before Sitting Down to Write to Santa

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    Make time.
    Choose a time you won't be in a hurry, when you'll have time, and not feel rushed.
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    Let your child know ahead of time.
    Then your child can think about what he or she wants to say, and has something to look forward to.
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    Turn off all those electronic devices.
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    Gather supplies.
    Collect the necessary paper, pens, crayons, stickers, envelopes and stamps. This way, your child won't lose interest because you are running around trying to find things.
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    Begin the letter with a greeting.
    Says hello to Santa and have your child introduce him or herself. Then you can encourage your children to tell Santa a little about themselves; what they like about school, what lessons they're taking, what their hopes and dreams are. You might find something out about your child you didn't know before. You could suggest that your child write about his or her experiences, adventures, secrets - almost anything! We all know how carefully Santa listens to children.
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    Make sure your child asks Santa about what he, the elves and the reindeer are up to at the North Pole.
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    Your child will want to include his or her wish list and you could suggest that he or she put in some wishes for less fortunate children.
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    Get your child to be as creative as possible and encourage him or her to draw pictures, add fun stickers, and in general, make the letter really colorful and a fun thing to do.
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    Always finish the letter with a thank you, after all, this jolly ol' St.
    Nick brings joy to children all over the world.
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    Have your child sign the letter and write the address – Santa at the North Pole - help him or her to seal it and put a stamp on the envelope.
    Then be sure to put it into a mailbox.
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Posting a Letter to Santa

To encourage this lovely tradition, a number of organizations accept letters to Santa and he will write back to the child. Their initiatives make Christmas memorable for children all over the world and these letters assist the organizations to help the many children who are less fortunate during the Christmas season.

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Canada Post

Canada Post has come up with a unique initiative to encourage children's writing and creative skills. Visit Canada Post's website and see what it's all about.

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    Write to Santa in any language and Santa will write back in the same language.
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    If you live in Canada – you don't even have to put a stamp on the letter!
    Wow!
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    Sorry, if you live outside of Canada, you do.
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    Include your full return address.
    The postal elves need this information to deliver your letter.
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    Get busy writing.
    December 14th is the last day to mail your letters to Santa. It is, after all, a long way to the North Pole.
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    If you live outside of Canada, send earlier.
    Santa can't guarantee the letter will get to you before Christmas.
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    Address your letter to:
    Santa Claus, North Pole H0H 0H0, Canada.
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Macy's Believe

Your child's Christmas wish list can help Macy's Believe make wishes come true for lots of children all over the country, who need a little magic in their lives.

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    Write your letter to Santa, address it to:
    Santa at The North Pole. Seal and stamp it and drop it into one of the Santa Mail letterboxes located in every Macy's store across the USA.
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    Macy will donate $1 (up to $1 million) to Make-A-Wish for every letter they receive.
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    Everyone, child or adult, can send in a wish list.
    They can be on paper or you can create a personalized letter on the Macy's Believe Website
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    The process is designed to be fun and creative and when you send your letter to Macy's Believe, you'll be sending in your own wishes, and making other children's wishes come true at the same time.
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There are many other websites that allow you to write letters to Santa and that will help disadvantaged children all around the world. Be a part of making wonderful things happen. Merry Christmas!

Questions and Answers

Does Macy's give presents to the children who drop off letters to Santa?

While Macy's does not give gifts to the children that drop off a letter to Santa at one of their stores, they do donate $1 to the "Make-A-Wish Foundation" for every letter posted in their Santa Claus mailbox, up to one million dollars. Every Macy's store across the country has a Santa Claus mailbox. You can hand deliver your Christmas letter to the box, addressed to the North Pole. Macy's will count them up and deliver them to the post office, so that together, the children and Macy's can collect a Million Reasons to Believe for the Make-A-Wish foundation of America, 4742 N. 24th Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

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If you write a letter for Macy's Believe, does it have to be in the Believe envelope?

I want to write a letter to 'Santa' for the Macy's Believe campaign and was wondering if you have to put the letter inside the actual Believe envelope.

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Well, my daughter, Riki, is upset. How do I deal with this?

She figured out that kids don't get presents from sending letters to Macy's Santa Mail. (She is 10 years old). What should I do and also my birthday is tomorrow December 7th? Please help me

This is a very good opportunity to teach your child the value of compassion and caring, that by her actions, a child in desperate need will receive something beautiful. It's so important to teach our children that it's not all about getting – that there is also something beautiful and magic about giving. Happy Birthday.

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Are the letters written to Macy's Make a Wish actually read?

I was wondering if they were read or just counted.

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