Christmas Traditions


Every year my kids write a letter to Santa asking for a special toy. Did you know that if you mail these letters by December 11th this year, you will get a response from Santa? The years that we have managed to do this in time, the kids really loved getting a letter in the mail. You can get all of the details on the Canada Post Website, but here are the basics:

There are 3 important rules when sending a letter to Santa:

  1. Make sure to include your full return address. Santa may know where you live, but his postal elves need this information to deliver your letter!

  2. Santa really loves to read about children’s favourite sports, jokes, school activities or family fun (even if Mom and Dad help with the writing). And, of course, he loves to get pictures and drawings from even his youngest pen pals!

  3. Send your letter soon. December 11 is the last day to mail letters to Santa (it’s a long way to the North Pole and back!). Letters mailed after December 11 may not receive a reply before Christmas.

International letters

For our friends writing from outside Canada, please note that we are unable to guarantee delivery times outside Canada. We will do our best to ensure replies are sent in a timely manner.

Canada Post has fun “letters to santa” templates that you can use to make this process a little easier, and these are also found on their website. There are even some adorable “Emergency letters” you can use if you don’t get your letters out in time. How cute is this:

“Holly, holly hello… Sneezes galore, we have been so busy the last few days I haven’t had time for anything other than making sure the sleigh is all packed and checking the map one last time with Rudolph. But, I couldn’t head off on our journey without making sure all my mail had been read… Your letter was on the top of the last mailbag. I don’t think there is enough time to get these last few reply letters delivered in the mail, so I’m going to take them with me and leave them on breakfast tables, in Christmas trees or maybe in stockings!” I love this and wish I had known about these letters those years where we didn’t get our letters mailed in time!

Luckily this  year we were on top of our game and we got our letters written pretty early. Well, by our standards anyway!

In my last post, I talked about how we made this happen, with the help of catalogs I had picked up while out and about.

My girls, in particular, really enjoyed pouring through these catalogs and making lists of the things that caught their eye!

Not only is this helpful for Santa so he can get a jump start on his toy making, but it’s nice to have these lists to share with Grandparents or other family members when they ask for gift suggestions for the kiddos.

Between perusing the catalogs and making lists, this kept my girls busy for quite a few hours over the last few weeks. They put a great deal of effort into writing their actual lists to Santa. It ended up being a craft activity combined with writing practice! I found some old scrapbooking supplies that they had fun using. I am sure you could find lots of similar supplies at the dollar store.

I squeezed a bit more mileage out of this activity by having the girls address and decorate the envelopes that we put the letters in!

Yesterday after school, we stopped by the mailbox to drop these precious letters off!

I am clinging to these special moments with these two kiddos!

My kids are growing up so fast and I am very aware that our days of writing letters to Santa are numbered. Hopefully they will never outgrow the magic of Christmas, even if they get too old ( like their Big Bro!) to write and mail special Christmas letters.

Do you write letters to Santa with your kiddos? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Thanks for reading friends and I hope you are enjoying this busy but special time of year!

xo, Kerri