With Christmas approaching really fast, it’s time to get started on your child’s Christmas wish list. The best way I’ve found to discover what they really want for Christmas is to have them write Santa Claus a letter. Writing a letter to Santa together is a fun activity to do together and gives you a good idea of what they will want to get this year. So here are some ways to help them create their Christmas wish list by writing a letter to Santa Claus:
1. Set A Date
Tell your kids ahead of time that you plan to write their Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. Giving them a little lead time will help get them thinking about what they really want to receive this year. It will also help them reflect on how they’ve been a good child during the year. Make sure when you write out the wish list, you turn off all the devices and give them a good space to work.
2. Get Some Fun Supplies
Writing out their Christmas wish list can be extra fun if you get them some craft supplies. Colored markers and crayons, glitter, colored paper, and stickers can make their list extra special. So gather up some craft supplies and set up a fun workspace. Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes before sending them out!
3. Play Some Christmas Music
Nothing puts you in the Christmas mood like Christmas music. Pick out some great holiday favorite songs and play them in the background. It will set the mood and make writing out the Christmas wish list a little extra special. Just make sure that you don’t play the music too loud so your children can concentrate on writing.
4. Bake Some Christmas Cookies
All that hard work is going to need some extra fuel. So take some time before writing the letter to bake some Christmas cookies together. When the wish list is complete or if you get stumped, you can take a break and enjoy a special holiday treat together.
5. Spend Time Learning About The Residents Of The North Pole And The History Of Christmas
When you sit down together to make your Christmas list, it’s also a great time to learn a little more about Santa Claus, the elves and reindeer, and the history of Christmas. This will also help give them some ideas of what to put in their letter. There’s more to Christmas than just gifts and helping your children understand that will help guide them in the creation of their wish list.
6. Sign Them Up For A Free Nice List
If your children have been extra good this year, make sure to sign them up for a free nice list. Having them on Santa’s nice list will inspire them to write out their wish list. It’s also a nice way to recognize them for good behavior. When you sign them up, don’t forget to tell them all the reasons why they made the nice list.
7. Do A Little Online Browsing For Ideas
If your kids are really stuck on what they want, take a little time to browse some toy stores online. Your kids may find a new hobby or interest they didn’t know. This will also help you keep the costs and their list reasonable because you can guide them through the selection process.
8. Help Them Narrow Their Priorities
Christmas wish lists can get a little out of control sometimes and that’s okay. When you go through the list together you can help them decide what they really want. Ask them to choose between different items, show them other options, and help them really narrow down the list to only the most essential items.
9. Help Them With Letter Etiquette
Once your children know what they want to put on their Christmas wish list, it’s time to draft the letter. This is a great opportunity to help them learn about letter etiquette. Things like how to start a letter, what to say in the body, and how to close a letter, and of course how to use polite language when writing someone, are important skills they’ll use later in life.
10. Get Santa’s Real Address
Once your Christmas wish list is finished and your letter to Santa drafted, take time to mail the letter to Santa’s real address:
325 S. Santa Claus Lane
North Pole, Alaska 99705
When you write Santa at this address, you can also sign them up to receive a free letter from Santa in return. With a letter in return from Santa, your children’s hard work will pay off!
Making a Christmas wish list can be a fun activity together, especially if you write Santa Claus. Guiding them through the process is easy, so make a day of it so you both can really enjoy the Christmas spirit. If you both have a great time, go ahead and make it a yearly tradition.