how to write a letter to santa

All year long, the days have been building to just this moment: Santa’s glorious descent down the chimney. No doubt your children are circling their favorite toys in catalogs and dragging you down the toy aisles to plead their case for a new doll or action figure.

Why not channel all that unbridled Christmas anticipation into a letter to old Kris Kringle himself? Santa is busy supervising his North Pole elves at the moment, so while he oversees the assembly line, make your child’s Christmas letter worthy of St. Nick’s attention.

Here’s how we at PAPYRUS like to assemble our Santa letters:

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 Butter Him Up

Appeal to Santa’s soft side—his gift-giving nature (and his bowl full of jelly).

"Dear Santa,

How are you? I can’t wait until Christmas. What kind of cookies are your favorites? I’ll make sure I set out a plate of them on Christmas Eve."

"Dear Santa,

I hope you, Mrs. Claus, and the elves are doing well in the North Pole. I’m excited for Christmas."

Focus on the Goal

On Halloween, candy is your reward for wearing a costume and knocking on neighbors’ doors. For Christmas, you’ll have to persuade Santa exactly why you’re deserving of a house full of gifts.

"I’ve been a good boy this year. I help my mom with the dishes and laundry, and sometimes I help my sister clean her room." 

"I’ve been good. I always listen to my parents and I get all A’s and B’s on my report card at school."

"I’ve worked extra hard to not fight with my brother and sister this year."

Lay It All on the Line … But Don’t Get too Greedy

Here’s where you just come right out and say it. Santa doesn’t have time for beating around the bush. He likes a direct list he can quickly communicate to those hardworking elves.

"I’d really like a new bike with a basket on the front, a princess doll, bracelets, and a new pair of pajamas."

"I’d really appreciate a new tent, a miniature schnauzer dog, a new sleeping bag, and a camping stove."

Mail the Letter … And Wait

… So … is the letter going to work? I guess you’ll find out on Christmas morning. Don’t have a fireplace? Have your little ones leave a Key for Santa just outside the door. He’ll know what to do. 

A few fun facts about good Old St. Nick:

  • The American version of St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus originally came from the Dutch version, Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklaas.
  • Clement Moore's 1822 poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas”—more commonly referred to as "Twas the Night Before Christmas"—introduced the idea of a sleigh guided by “eight tiny reindeer.”
  • Not sure what kind of cookies to leave out for Santa? His tastes change based on location. Ask your mom and dad what they think … and go with that.