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Dear Santa Week

Christmas is coming up! And Christmas means Santa Claus.

I believed in Santa for a crazy long time. My parents did a lot to keep my belief going. Santa and his helpers came to my house once for a visit. They came to my grandmas house. I got to meet Mrs. Claus. I would always go and see Santa at the mall. I was a very inquisitive child, and I remember asking Santa why there were so many different Santas at once all at the malls. He told me they were elves helping him to figure out what toys all the good kids wanted.

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Part of the fun of Santa is writing a letter to him every year. I did it a couple of times, but I liked to go to the source (aka seeing him at the mall.) Kids of all ages can write Santa a letter. They may need a little help, but that’s ok.

I plan to help Ella out this year. Maybe she will send a couple letters. Who knows. Either way, it is a fun tradition!

There are a ton of Santa letter templates, including here, here and here. If you don’t like any of those, just me, a simple google search will turn up a billion templates. If you don’t feel like spending the money on a stamp, you can have your kid email santa! Both this and this one will send back a reply. Of course, I still like the old fashioned way.

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To send a letter to Santa, the address is really simple: “Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska.” Not that hard to remember.

Fun fact: all letters addressed this way never leave the town it was postmarked.

Something that is SUPER cool is that you can have Santa write your child back. Ok, not really, but still. Write your own letter to your child, pretending to be Santa. Things to write include praise for their accomplishments, maybe ideas of what they can work on, ect. Then, place the letter in the envelope. Write your child’s name on the front address, with “Santa, North Pole, Alaska” as the return address.

Then place THAT envelope into a bigger envelope addressed to:

NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER

4141 POSTMARK DR

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Make sure you send it out pretty early. The letter has to be received by the second week of December. The postmaster will take out the reply and send it back with the return stamp from the North Pole!

My parent’s never did this. It must be because they didn’t love me.

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Are you planning on having your child write to Santa? Let me know in the comments!

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