My sister does a great job making Christmas both magical and educational for my nephews, Noah and Bennett. She also carefully balances Santa and religion, which are both important to her, to give them the full experience. Kim shares her tips here on all things Santa, both action items for this week! -Allison
Letters to Santa
For as long as I can remember, I wrote Santa a letter every year of my childhood. I would urgently ask for the coolest new toy, a Cabbage Patch Kid or a Strawberry Shortcake House. Then I would put it into an envelope and address it knowingly to “Santa Claus, North Pole.” It wasn’t until recently that I discovered those letters were actually being scooped out of the mailbox and sent to my grandmother! As a child, there was something so magical about sending and getting a response from the big man himself! (Detective child interjecting here...when those letters came back in the mail, I would compare everything about the letter to the holiday card I received from our grandmother. Handwriting, return addresses and even the STAMPS! I promise you, they were NEVER the same!)
My children are 7 and 4 now and they look at Santa with the same adoration as I did at their age. But we have never written letters to Santa until this year. Some people email Santa or use a website. You can actually send your letter to Anchorage, AK and they will postmark a response back from the North Pole. But what about sending it to a relative? That’s what we are going to try this year. My sons are going to write Santa letters and “mail” them. My sister will actually be on the receiving end. It’s important to plan to write your letters early in December. This gives your “Santa” plenty of time to craft a letter back to them that has meaning and of course, MAGIC!
We’re still in early December. While some families might wait until closer to the holiday to visit Santa, now is a great time to take a trip to the mall and have those pictures taken.
Our local mall Santa (who has been the same for as long as I can remember) shows up before Thanksgiving. Yes, that may seem super early, but why not? One year we waited until a week before Christmas to take Noah to see Santa. The line was an hour long, and I’ve heard of even longer waits. It was stressful and frustrating to us all, and we didn’t even get a good picture. By time we got up there, Noah was over it!
Another bonus of going early, it gives you time to have the option of using that photo in a holiday card for friends and family. We have started doing it the first week of December to save us the time and frustration!
I used to dress my little guys up in elaborate outfits, but now that they are older, we show up in festive shirts and jeans. You should dress them in whatever is best for you all. Arrive early to avoid lines or if time allows and you find yourself with time during the day, visit while everyone is at work and school.
It’s not too late to upload that picture for your photo card this year!