Topic: Family Life

Writing a letter to Father Christmas is one of the most exciting things to do at Christmas for children. Not only does it allow them to ask for what they want to receive on Christmas day, it also helps to keep the magic of Christmas alive within the family, especially if your children still believe in Santa.  

Royal Mail has announced that the last posting date for letters to Santa Claus is Sunday 6th December 2015. So in preparation, here are some tips on how to help your child write a letter to Father Christmas.

  • Rather than writing a long list of every single gift they want for Christmas, get your child to write a draft letter beforehand and to decide what presents they really want. Five is a good number to aim for.

  • Take this opportunity to teach your child how to address a letter correctly, with the address in the top right hand corner, followed by ‘Dear Santa,’ a few lines below and then the body of the letter below that.

  • Don’t disclose any important information within the letter, all you need is their name and age.

  • Encourage your children to say why they want the presents they’ve listed, this will make them really think about what they enjoy doing and will also help you to see how their personality is developing.

  • Ask your child to write down three good things they’ve done this year so that Santa can see they’ve been well behaved. This will help them to understand their actions and think about why it’s important to be kind throughout the year.

  • Get their creativity flowing by asking them to draw a picture of something Christmassy on the letter. 

Don’t forget to leave out a cookie and a glass of milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph on Christmas Eve!