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How to Write a Letter to Santa Claus

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How to Write to Santa Claus

Christmas is a very busy time of year for Santa Claus. He has to get the sleigh ready, make sure the elves have finished all the toys, and check his list twice to be sure he hasn't forgotten any good girls and boys. But in the midst of all this chaos, he always makes time to read letters from children. That's because Santa knows kids sometimes change their minds, and he wants to be sure he's bringing the right gifts on Christmas Eve. If you want to be very sure Santa knows what your kids want this year, help them write a letter to Santa with these tips.

(Image credit: © Dmitriy Shironosov)

1. Get in the Christmas mood. Put on some Christmas music or your favorite holiday shirt so you'll be ready to think about Santa.

2. Ask your parents for some paper and a pen. You can use any kind of paper, but if you'd like something special, try the Dear Santa letter template at Christmas Letter Tips.com, the free Santa letter template at Santa's North Pole Zone.com or the free letter to Santa template at Santa Letter Templates.com. Ask your parents to help you download these documents.

3. Start your letter with a greeting, also known as a salutation. Good ways to start your letter include "Dear Santa" or "Dear Santa Claus."

4. Let Santa know who's writing the letter. Of course he knows who you are! But you need to let him know that it's you that is writing the letter because he gets so many letters every day.

5. Ask Santa how he's been. Santa only hears from you once a year, so before you start asking about toys, it's polite to ask how he's doing or how the reindeer and elves and Mrs. Claus have been.

6. Tell him how good you've been this year. Before you ask for toys, you'll also want to remind Santa Claus of some of the good things you've done this year. Have you been nice to your sister or brother? Have you helped your parents by putting all your toys away? Santa already knows these things because he sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake, but he likes to be reminded of the reasons you should be on Santa's Nice List.

7. Politely let him know what toys you'd like. Ok, you've asked about his life and told him how good you've been, so NOW you can let him know what toys you'd like. Try to keep your list to the two or three things that you want the very, very most. That way he'll know which gifts to bring.

8. Thank Santa for being so kind and close your letter with your signature. After asking Santa for a few toys, be sure to thank him for his kindness by saying something such as, "Thank you, Santa, for bringing so much joy to kids like me" or "Thanks, Santa, for bringing me toys every year." Santa loves little kids who are polite. Then end your letter with a closing such as "Sincerely" or "Love" or "Best wishes" and sign your name.

9. Put your letter in an envelope and seal and stamp it. Make sure to lick the envelope so it's sealed tightly, and then ask your mom or dad for the address.

10. Give the letter to your parents to send. They'll put it in the mail and make sure it gets to Santa in time for Christmas.

Then wait patiently for your reply! He's a very busy man, but he always answers all his mail with a Christmas letter from Santa.

If you have young kids who can't quite write a letter to Santa yet, Smilebox has a fun way for them to send an electronic letter to the North Pole. And it's free! My daughter loved this! Your child will still need a little help from Mom or Dad, but the format is colorful and fun for little kids.

To get started, visit the special letter to Santa page and download the free Smilebox program. When it opens, you'll be on the page with the free Santa letter design. You can upload a photo or video of your child and then have them help you fill out the other sections, such as what toys do they want, what question do they want to ask Santa, and where do they live. Then save your creation. You can also post it to Facebook or send it via email. To save it to DVD or print it at home, simply sign up for a free trial membership to Club Smilebox. And if you want Santa to send back a Smilebox message, be sure to email your child's video letter to the email address provided.

Ok, parents, your kids have done the hard part of writing a letter to Santa, so now you need to make sure it gets to the jolly old elf so he can write back. Santa has elves at many post offices during the holidays, so you can simply address your letter to Santa Claus, The North Pole and let your child put the letter in your mailbox or drop it in the box at the post office. Santa's elves will then take care of the rest.

In Canada, you can send your letters to Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada - H0 H0 H0. Volunteers will help Santa respond.

If you don't want one of Santa's postal elves responding to the letter, and want to be sure Santa Claus sends a personalized letter with details specific to your child, you'll probably want to take the letter to the post office when your kids aren't with you (wink, wink). And in that case, you might also want to use a service such as Package from Santa to make sure your child gets a response. You can also learn how to become one of Santa's helpers by drafting your own free printable Santa letter or using Santa letter templates you can find online.

(Image of Santa letter provided by Santa Letter Templates.com)

Add to the Magic with Santa's Nice List Gifts

Have Santa respond to your child's letter with a special gift

After Santa gets your child's letter and hears about how he or she has been on such good behavior, he'll undoubtedly want to reward them for making his Nice List. Here are some fun gifts Santa can leave on Christmas morning or include with his response.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Before writing your letter to Santa, you might want to watch this movie that explains how Kris Kringle became Santa Claus, moved to the North Pole and started delivering gifts once a year with his reindeer-pulled sleigh.

Santa Claus

Are You on Santa's Nice List or Naughty List This Year? - Have you been good??

Ladymoss111 on December 28, 2012:

Nice lens.

snickersthebest1 on December 14, 2012:

I wish i had this when i was small

TheChefsWife on November 27, 2012:

Of course! :) Just wanted to let you know I added your lens into my Santa's Nice List lens... all these Santa lenses sure are fun.

scottorz on November 26, 2012:

Fantastic lens. You are so creative.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 22, 2012:

Sweet ideas for composing your Santa letter.

RecycleRRR on March 29, 2012:

Nice list!

delamorta on December 14, 2011:

Great picture of Santa my kids love it!

Ruthi on December 12, 2011:

You know, I've never written a letter to Santa, but maybe it's time that I do! I consider myself a whole lot Nice and a wee bit Naughty...smiles.

PurpleTurtle LM on December 10, 2011:

Very cool lens. I will be writing letters to Santa Claus with my kids this year. This lens came in very handy.

revenue4u on November 29, 2011:

Very nice outline which i am sharing with my grandsons. Your lens rocks.

agent009 on November 28, 2011:

I think all of the letters sent to Santa Claus actually go to some place in Alaska where people write out responses to them.

squidshe on November 11, 2011:

I hope I'm on his good list! Really nice lens

VarietyWriter2 on June 23, 2011:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

VarietyWriter2 on June 23, 2011:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

Patricia on December 19, 2010:

Merry Christmas!

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on December 18, 2010:

Oh, I've been kind of naughty this year :) I think Santa will bring me chocolate anyway!

pcgamehardware on December 17, 2010:

I hope I'm on the nice list this year, This is such a great lens, Thanks for sharing...

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Again, Thanks for such a cool lens.

BeaGabrielle1 on December 15, 2010:

I'm on the "good" list, of course! My kids loved reading your lens.

David Stone from New York City on December 11, 2010:

Well, I'm going to be good now and give you a blessing. I loved the sweet kindness of this lens, especially with all this information.

David Stone from New York City on December 11, 2010:

Well, I'm going to be good now and give you a blessing. I loved the sweet kindness of this lens, especially with all this information.

Penny_Auction on November 29, 2010:

I've been really good this year - hope Santa will visit me ;)

lasertek lm on November 28, 2010:

I have been good all year! I never forget to write that one on my Santa letter when I was much much younger. Fun lens!

Annamadagan on November 27, 2010:

I have been good! have you? I wish I belived in santa clause! I am eleven but figured it out when my mom told my older brother. And on the presents when they said: Too: Anna From: Santa, it was in her handwriting:-( I can still believe!

NathanBrice on November 27, 2010:

#9 is the best! Ask mom and dad for the address. How is it that parents by default know Santa's address? Awesome!

MargoPArrowsmith on October 23, 2010:

Well, happy grandma liked this lens! Nico is old enough to teach how to do this (and he will be able to do it in English and Spanish) but Catalina will have to wait as she is just 4 weeks old! thumbs up!

CR2000 on October 07, 2010:

Very cute lens : )

VarietyWriter2 on September 30, 2010:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

anonymous on December 14, 2009:

I'm going to have to write to Santa next!

Wonderful time visiting here.

Merry Christmas Santa and ALL!

Blessed by an angel!

Susie

tarodoug on December 09, 2009:

This is so cute. I will have to show my daughter this one... Here is a lens for Santa treats and how to make them.

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5 Stars and a favorite!

lasertek lm on November 18, 2009:

This is nice! I used to write a letter for Santa. Normally it would go like this.

Dear Santa, How are you? I'm cool. Hope you still remember your buddy. I've been good all year. I help my parents friends all the time. I was wondering if you could give me a toy this Christmas. Thanks.

I usually get what I ask for but it would be nicer to follow the steps you've listed here. Thanks for coming up with this lens. Hope you could visit my lenses as well.

Beth Webster-Duerr from Henrietta, New York on November 12, 2009:

What a great idea. I love the steps. :D

5 stars, Fav and lensroll, and Featured for my newest lens Santa's Existence on Trial, Miracle on 34th Street as Proof .

That make 2 of yours lens I've referenced. :D Thanks so much

Dianne Loomos on October 24, 2009:

Very good instructions for writing to Santa!

puzzlerpaige on September 05, 2009:

Came here by way of lensroll. Your 10 easy steps are great. I can see (in my mind) a child sitting down and going through step by step to make sure the letter is just right. And the book you feature at the bottom, Cats' Letters to Santa simply must be read!

Ms-Hardgrave on December 18, 2008:

Great lens! My kids will love this...

6seconds on December 14, 2008:

Season's Greetings!

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on November 11, 2008:

Nice lens, 5***** You have some great ideas on how to write to Santa. It's something all children should do, as long as they still believe.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 21, 2008:

I have been good, I promise! So have you, with this great lens on letter etiquette. I do believe Santa Claus would approve!

The Homeopath on October 14, 2008:

I'm saving this one for my kiddos to get some tips from! I love Santa!

Mortira on October 07, 2008:

When we were kids we used to write to Santa @ The North Pole, Canada, H0H 0H0! Great lens, and welcome to Family Time!

Debbie from England on September 29, 2008:

Lovely lens! So lovely I've rolled it AND featured it in 'Christmas Crackers' 5 *****

ChristopherScot1 on September 07, 2008:

Thanks for adding your lens to the A Day of Hope group. Keep up the good work.