One new tradition we are starting with our kids is sending Letters to Santa. This is actually one tradition I did not do as a child. I don’t actually ever remember believing in Santa Claus, I think I always assumed my mom bought the gifts and we just got an extra one from Santa sometimes. Kinda takes the fun out of some of it I guess.
Now that my kindergartener is writing and taking a very big interest it, I knew it was time to start the Letters to Santa tradition. Not because I’ve seen others do it, but mostly because it’s a way to keep some of that suspense and Christmas magic in the season. But there are our actually so many great reasons to continue this tradition that I hadn’t really thought about before and so I wanted to share them.
Reasons to Start the Letters to Santa Tradition
Make Christmas Magical
As I mentioned above, one of the main reasons I wanted to start this tradition is because it helps create that magical atmosphere surrounding the holidays. The fact that kids can write a special letter to the a jolly old Santa and then actually mail it out helps them retain that innocent, curious spirit which makes the holidays so much fun!
Practice Writing Skills
Then of course the other main benefit of having participate in letters is for practicing their writing skills. They get to focus on crafting a message, extracting those letter skills and sentence formation to truly master those fine motor-skills. A great supplement to what they are learning in school.
Keep Traditions Alive
Writing letters to Santa is one thing you can add to your list of fun Christmas traditions and something you can check off your advent calendar that your kids will be very excited about.
What to Include in a Letter to Santa
You can customize your child’s letter to Santa in whatever way you choose.
- Start with having a space he can write his name and age.
- You can have check boxes where they can indicate whether they’ve been naughty or nice (with a positive spin)
- Have space for them to write a couple of the gifts they’d like – a popular one is the 4 Somethings to keep things manageable for parents (Something I want, Something I need, Something to wear, Something to read)
- You can even add a space where your child can practice acts of kindness and share what good dead they’d like to give
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