Holly Jolly Holiday: Day 2

Sending a Letter to Santa

Pen, pencil, crayon . . . Santa Claus is happy to receive letters in every shape and form. Here are a few tips to make sure your grandchild’s letter tops the pile at the North Pole:

  • Plan Ahead – Chat with your birds about the letter at the beginning of December to give Santa (and mom and dad) time to to fulfill the list, as well as to teach your grandchildren that procrastination is not productive.
  • Build a List First – Prior to writing the actual letter, begin with a list of what they want. This prevents later revisions and encourages them to approach a big task in stages.
  • Instill Boundaries – If the list grows beyond reason, patiently sit down and talk about prioritizing. You may want to give them the world but spoiling can do more harm than good. Encourage your birds to focus on one or two items that are really important. Fewer toys can help your grandchildren slow down, enjoy their new gifts fully and appreciate them completely.
  • Write in Empathy – A simple and heartfelt way to reinforce compassion during this season is to have your birds include a request for someone else. For instance, the letter to Santa may include a note about a less-fortunate neighbor, a sick friend or a sibling. It can be as easy as, “I hope you remember Johnny, who just lost his dog” or “Please make sure Susie has a wonderful Christmas, as her mom is trying to find work.”
  • Think Structure – Letters are not as common as they once were. This may be one of the few times your birds will have a chance to learn about the greeting, body and signature. Address how to be polite, succinct and gracious.
  • Finish with Fun – Yes, you need to tell your birds where to write: Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska. This is also a chance to teach them about geography, how to stamp and send a letter, adding a special note or drawing to the back. Make it fun yet informative.