Start early with the Christmas joy by organising for your kids to write a letter to Santa. Depending on which 'helper' you choose, your kids can receive a personalised letter from the big guy himself as well as a range of extra including stickers and gifts.
Get organised and order your letter now so it arrives in plenty of time for Christmas. Nothing ruins the festive joy as much as a letter from Santa arriving in early January.
Some are free, the most expensive is $12. All are priceless when you see your child's face light up when they realise who the letter is from.
Portable North Pole Portable North Pole offers highly detailed personalised letters in a range of colours for $9.99. For $5 extra you can also get a customised video.
The letters, which you do online allow you to upload a picture of your child and you can choose a specific piece of advice you want Santa to impart, whether little Johnny should always listen to his Mum, or perhaps darling Daniel needs to stop throwing tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
Delivery times for letter can be up to three weeks so order your letter before the end of November to be safe.
A big selling point with these letters from Santa is that the letters encourage children to give something back and become one of Santa's Little Elves. You can choose an activity to be written about in the letter such as donating an old toy to charity, sponsoring a child or giving a book to a local wishing tree.
Letters from Santa are personalised to include a lot of information about the children and typed on special A4 stationery that changes every year. The envelope bears the special North Pole postmark, and each letter includes a free sticker and a decoration to hang on the tree.
Another great thing is that there are a number of ways to change the content so siblings can get quite different letters.
Cost: $12 per letter, part proceeds to charity (Qld cystic fibrosis)
Write your letters: now until December 8th, 2013
Letters posted: Tuesday December 10th, 2013 Click here to order letter.
Every year over 100,000 kids post letters to Santa via Australia Post. Red letter boxes, red suit: it all makes sense now. The elves at Australia Post have been working hard to make it the biggest and oldest Santa letter program down under.
These letters are not personalised but they are free (apart from the cost of a stamp) so they are excellent value.
You can download new Christmas themed letter head from the Australia Post website and letters to Santa can be posted in any red street posting box or post office. Get to it quickly (before mid December) so that your letter arrives in time.
Cost: 60 cent stamp
Address: Santa, NORTH POLE, 9999
Remember: the child's name and address must be on the back of the envelope, and this is only available to people living in Australia.
Letters from "Love Santa' are personalised and have a real Aussie focus, so you don't have your kids asking 'what's a snowman? Where can we get some mistletoe?'
Each letter includes a small gift and has Christmas craft ideas on the reverse. You can also choose the letterhead so it's easy to get different looking letters for siblings.
Love Santa also offers pre-Christmas letters such as Christmas in July letters, or letters from Santa mid-year to say he noticed a great achievement. Best of all, you can arrange a letter in the lead-up to Christmas to remind kids to behave.
The Letter Fairy
The Letter Fairy is Santa's next door neighbour (I made that up). She is great mates with Santa and helps deliver a personalised, two paged, A4 letter with lots of details about the child including friends, pets, family, school and more, hence the two pages because these letters are much longer than the others.
You can choose whether to include religious aspects of Christmas and they even ask details such as whether or not your home actually has a chimney!
If you are ordering letters for siblings, the Letter Fairy makes sure that each letter is unique and all letters arrive in a discreet outer envelope so Mum and Dad can decide whether to pop them under a pillow or in the letter box.
If you live outside of Australia you can still order a letter but it has an extra $2 delivery charge.
If you're the forgetful type, or perhaps you don't have a letter box, you can also get an email from Santa, all the way up to Christmas Eve. The response is instantaneous and personalised, simply print the letter out and you can always pop it in an envelope and stuff it in the letter box.
The website includes plenty of Christmas activities and links such as Christmas jokes, colouring-in pages and a Christmas countdown tool.
Last year I tried the email to Santa with my real age, and they quite cleverly recognised this and referred to me as an 'older kid'. Santa also complimented me on my manners because I said 'thankyou' in my 'comments to Santa' section.
Letter From Santa
For a free, customised letter from Santa that you can download and print at home, Letter From Santa offers a range of backgrounds and four completely different letters to choose from.
For $1.99 you can upgrade to the deluxe letter which includes a personalised letter, envelope, nice list and a picture of Santa.
From the people who personalise everything from towels to clocks, you can now order a personalised letter from Santa.
Ordering online is easy and you can add quite a lot of detail and personal comments in the letter, although there is no choice of letterhead or paper. Delivery is around 10 days, so it would be best to order before mid-December.