Capture the Magic of Santa!If your child is waiting for a visit from Santa this holiday season, you can be sure she has fantasized what will be left under the tree on Christmas morning. Even most adults have that mental list! Writing a letter to Santa not only adds a little more magic to the season, it's also a painless way to get your kids to practice letter writing. Keep our simple tips in mind, and you'll end up with a letter your child can be proud of, and a more relaxed Christmas for you. After all, a Santa Letter can also be your holiday shopping list!
Tip #1: Plan AheadMake time to sit down with your child in early December -- before holiday planning has kicked into overdrive. Your child will be more focused, and you'll be less stressed and distracted. It also gives you a chance to shop for the items on the list.
Tip #2: Brainstorm "The List"Writing a letter to Santa should be fun, but not an excuse to think of as many presents as possible. This is a good opportunity to counteract all the advertising and "got to have it" mentality that children are subjected to at this time of year. Encourage your kids to think hard about what they want, but limit the list to three items. Asking for a limited number of presents can discourage a "gimmee!" attitude, and keep the focus on sharing and love. Encourage your son or daughter to include a gift request for a sibling, parent, pet, or friend.
Tip #3: Think Beyond PresentsTake a moment to reflect on the year with your child. Did he win a big soccer game, or finally master the multiplication table? Share that with Santa! Encourage your child to describe his achievements over the past year. Taking time to review behavior, accomplishments, and (gasp) even fess up to the year's misdeeds, is a great exercise. A little soul-searching can prepare your little one for better behavior in the coming year!
Tip #4: Write the LetterIf your child is old enough to write the letter on her own, help her outline what she wants to say. Decide together whether your child prefers to write by hand or type on the computer. It's super easy to take one of our pre-made Santa Letters and just replace the copy with your own. Or, print your child's favorite design and have your child hand write directly on the letter.
If your little one is a bit too young to compose her own letter, have her verbally describe what she would like to say. Once you have some ideas, sit at the computer and work on it together. Read the sentences out loud as you type them to reinforce reading and writing skills. Our pre-made templates are easy to edit. As a rule of thumb, keep the letter to one page -- writing to Santa should be fun, not a chore. If you have a budding artist, ask him to draw a few pictures for Santa.
Tip #5: Capture the MomentHave someone take a picture of the two of you working together. Then save an extra copy of the letter and make a scrapbook page out of them. Your child will ultimately outgrow Santa, but will get a kick out of looking back at her letter!
Tip #6: Send the LetterDid you know you can actually send the letter in the mail? Drop it in an envelope and let your child address the letter. This is a great learning opportunity. Use Santa's "real" address: Santa Claus, P.O. Box 56099, North Pole, Alaska 99705-1099.
Tip #7: Draft Santa's ReplyThink of the delight your child will feel when a letter from Santa arrives in the mail! It is quick and easy to customize our Letters from Santa. The letters mention your child's name and hometown, beloved friends or pets, and specific gift requests, giving the impression that Santa has really been "watching." Print, address to your child, drop it in the mail, and encourage your child to check the mailbox.
Writing Santa letters as a family is a priceless opportunity to create family traditions and wonderful memories. For parents, it's yet another way to enjoy the holiday wonder and magic through your child's eyes.