Parenting can be a minefield. We spend all year teaching our kids that lying is a bad thing, but then come the winter months we encourage them all to believe in a mythical person who may or may not deliver their Christmas presents depending on how well they behave.
It’s a complicated business and one we might have to answer to once they hit teenage years, but we can all agree that, on the whole, sending a letter to Santa Claus is a good thing, right? And doesn’t do any lasting psychological damage? Ok, now that’s out the way, it might come as a surprise to find that writing a letter to Santa isn’t as straightforward as it once was.
Ok, so we can still encourage our kids to send it off and hope that all their Christmas wishes come true, but these days they can also put in a request for a letter FROM Santa (replying to correspondence is good manners, after all), and even a phone call from the big man himself. So here are some further explanations on all your Santa letter options, so take your pick and spread some early Christmas cheer…
Hand Delivered to the Man Himself
There’s one surefire way you can guarantee that Santa Claus gets that all-important letter, and that’s by handing it over to him in person. This method will probably work better for younger kids who are still rather enthusiastic about paying him a visit in the run up to Christmas, and luckily, from this time of year onwards, he seems to have that astonishing ability to be in several places at once, whether it’s your local shopping centre or a visitor attraction at the other end of the country. But let’s not dwell on exactly how he manages to achieve this feat, but rather plan ahead to make sure he definitely gets that letter. Perhaps one of the most famous places he resides is Hamleys toy store in London (you can get more info via Hamleys voucher codes), but we’re certain he’ll pop up at a location near you in the coming weeks.
Traditional Snail Mail
Getting your kids to put pen to paper and popping it in the post is still perfectly acceptable, and once it’s done, it’s done. All that ‘Santa’ has to do is remember what they wrote down, order those items, wrap them, put them under the tree and knock back whatever alcoholic beverage has been left out in his honour. Simples.
A Little Bit of Online Help
Kid’s struggling to think of what to write down? Need a bit of motivation? It’s possible using an online template could help get them into the Christmas spirit a bit more. Or if they’re starting to have doubts about the existence of a mythical person who somehow manages to deliver presents to every single child on the planet, perhaps they need further convincing…
Letters FROM Santa
Yes, in the modern world, Santa has now developed some manners and can actually reply to your kids’ letters, and there are many different ways he can do this. Good old Royal Mail now appreciate the importance of Santa correspondence and if you follow the instructions on their site as to exactly when and where to send those letters, your children can receive one in return. And as well as offering The Entertainer voucher codes with which to save on early Christmas shopping, this favourite toy shop also offers a Santa Letter service where kids can post their Santa mail in store and receive a letter in return. Or if you fancy spreading some goodwill, there’s the NSPCC service – just visit their site and organise that letter from Santa in return for a donation to this great cause.
An Encouraging Phone Call
Rightly or wrongly, we often use Santa as a tool to encourage good behaviour in the winter months but if you want to go one step further down this route, may we suggest a phone call from Santa, just to remind offspring of the importance of staying on the good list? As with many things in life, this service now comes as an app in the form of A Call From Santa, which you can use to request phone calls from the bearded one when they’re most needed.
A Personalised Video Message
Isn’t it about time Santa got his own YouTube channel? Doesn’t he know everyone’s doing it these days? But until this happens, we can still get the next best thing – a personalised video message from Santa. Portable North Pole is a site which offers such a service and it’s good see that Santa Claus is at least keeping up with the digital age to a certain extent.
Whether he be a symbol of Christmas spirit or the ultimate parenting device, we can all agree that sending and receiving those Santa letters is a fun festive ritual. So whether you want to go full-on digital or keep it traditional with stamps and post boxes, the you’ll be happy to know are plenty of options available as well as time left to sort it all out before the big day.
By Anna Scott, 28th October 2016