Tis the season in our home. Guess who dropped by and announced he’s staying through the holiday season? Our Elf On The Shelf, Jelfie!
This is his second year with our family and the kidlets were really excited to see him. This year he even sent the kidlets a welcome note. He also let them know how happy he is to be with us once again and that he is under strict orders to report back all that he sees and hears to Santa so he can make accurately make his “Naughty” and “Nice” lists.
The kidlets were blown away that Jelfie remembered their names and commented on how big they’ve grown over the past year. They’ve already responded with their “Nice” behavior while getting through the hectic morning routine. Yay Jelfie! Yay kidlets!
To keep the momentum going, I was looking into one of those “From Santa” letters. I think they are ridiculously expensive, ranging from $14.99 and up. The letters aren’t even all that personal. It’s a form letter with some tailored info in there.
This holiday, there is a better and inexpensive way for your kids to hear personally from Santa and keep the enchantment of the season alive with the U.S. Postal Service’s “Letters From Santa” program. “Letters From Santa” allows a parent, grandparent or any person in a child’s life to mail a letter to their child “From Santa,” postmarked from the North Pole!
1. Write a personalized letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it “From Santa.”
2. Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address:
SANTA, NORTH POLE
3. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
4. Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with proper postage, and address the larger envelope to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
5. Your letter “From Santa” will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.
“Letters From Santa” must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.
So for as little as .90 (depends on your envelopes & paper stock used), your kid can get a personalized letter from Santa! It’s such a cool idea. I’m going to sit down with my kids this week and have them write (my 5-year-old son, as best he can) and dictate (my 3-year-old daughter) their own letters to Santa. I’ll write their Santa replies based on what they said in the letter and what they asked for this Christmas. My kidlets will be totally amazed when their letters arrive. It will be something they will tell all their friends about and cherish as a childhood memory – and me too!
Please note that the personalized letters that parents send to their children via the “Letters From Santa” program is different from the historical “Operation Santa” which if you are looking to give presents to a child in need, it’s a great cause. I’ve done it through work, teaming up with co-workers to bring a little happiness to a child during the holidays. In “Operation Santa,” the Postal Service facilitates the matching of customers with letters written to Santa from needy children. Participants in “Operation Santa” help fulfill a child’s dream with a gift and a response letter from Santa. Customers are not provided the child’s address in the “Operation Santa” program. The “Letters From Santa” program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Now it’s your turn to share. Do your kids still write letters to Santa Claus?
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