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Writing to Father Christmas

Your little ones have four days left to post their letters to Santa if they want a reply before Christmas Eve. We have been using the free service from Royal Mail since Crevette was a couple of years old and our children love receiving a letter addressed to them.

All they have to do is write their letter, mentioning their full name and address. They need to send it to Father Christmas in a stamped envelope, before the 6th of December.

Father Christmas,

Santa’s Grotto,



Even though my children start talking about what they would like for Christmas earlier and earlier each year, I do not listen before Advent. Before that, all we do is gather catalogues for them to look at on the 1st of December.

Letter to Father Christmas - Catalogues

I love the excitement that comes with looking through the catalogues with them; it reminds me of my own anticipation as a child. My little ones tend to cut pictures of everything they like to start with, but I then encourage them to narrow it down to four or five present ideas to stick at the bottom of their letter.

It means they have to be sensible in their choices and really think about what they want to receive. We love our children dearly, but we refuse to spoil them as Hubby and I both agree that our focus should be on their needs (a loving family, quality time with each other, food…). They have toys to play with, but not so much that they do not appreciate what they have.

Sorry about the austerity monologue in this time when people become rabid around the shops, pushing and shoving, getting an urge to buy toiletry gift sets or the latest cookbook. I would much prefer to see toys being played with rather than a huge pile of discarded presents, thrown to the side and not looked at twice.

This year, it looks like our little man would like some Lego, Moshi Monster things, a dog robot and a play coffee machine. Jumpy and Wriggly are still too young for all that. As for Beanie, she was not too fussed about it all this year, but she stuck a few things down anyway: a Furby, a doctor’s kit, a Frozen wand and accessories for her doll’s house.

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  1. Viv'Maman_Bas
    03/12/2014 / 10:14 am

    Yay!! We posted our letter to Santa for the first time on Monday. Can’t wait to get a reply 🙂 xx

    • Mel
      03/12/2014 / 10:32 am

      Exciting, isn’t it? Having little ones definitely brings back everything that is magical in the world!

  2. Eva
    03/12/2014 / 12:09 pm

    So exciting! Pour eux et pour nous, à cet âge la ils nous transmet la magie de Noël! Mon fils Louis va faire en décembre 7 ans mais il croire encore et il est tellement excité! Louis c’est lego et dinosaures! Ma fille veut de jeux de société! Et moi des livres de cuisine! Quoi que je veux surtout que ma petite famille soit en bon santé 😉

    • Mel
      05/12/2014 / 10:15 pm

      Pour moi, c’est comme toi, ma belle. Ton petit Louis et mon petit bonhomme (6 ans 1/2) s’entendraient sans doute bien!

  3. 03/12/2014 / 12:16 pm

    I didn’t even realise this existed. What a lovely idea. Love your lists too, looking quite similar to the ones in our house! #sharewithme

    • Mel
      11/12/2014 / 8:41 pm

      I still have not got anything… Better get on with it or I will have very disappointed children!

  4. 03/12/2014 / 1:59 pm

    I didn’t know you could do this. What a lovely idea. I think my little ones are a bit too young to really appreciate it this year but I’ll definitely give it a go next year.

    • Mel
      05/12/2014 / 10:24 pm

      Next year, next year! Only Crevette (6) was really excited about it. The girls are still a bit young, too.

  5. 03/12/2014 / 7:31 pm

    We haven’t written ours yet! Better get to it 🙂 I completely agree with you on number of presents, we have really cut back to a few things we know will get used and played with, and have stopped the random pile of plastic… #sharewithme

    • Mel
      05/12/2014 / 10:25 pm

      Now we have a list, I have no choice: I must start shopping! Tomorrow, tomorrow…

  6. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy)
    03/12/2014 / 10:21 pm

    Ah so cute! I have written a letter to Santa with Baby’s help! #ShareWithMe

    • Mel
      11/12/2014 / 8:42 pm


  7. 03/12/2014 / 10:35 pm

    It hadn’t occurred to me to do this before, but having said that neither of my kids can write yet! I think this will be a great idea for JJ next year 🙂 #sharewithme

    • Mel
      10/12/2014 / 12:28 am

      We started doing it when Crevette was learning to write, and he now reminds me every year, bless him!

  8. 05/12/2014 / 12:24 pm

    I didn’t even realise you could put a proper address on! I’ll know for next time now, as I just put the ‘North Pole’! Oh well, I did sign up to get a special letter delivered, so at least we’ll get something back. It’s such a magical time of year, and I am so looking forward to it! #sharewithme

    • Mel
      05/12/2014 / 9:39 pm

      It really is magical with children, you are right!

  9. 07/12/2014 / 10:50 pm

    What a great idea to gather catalogues for them to go through and see what they want and then write letters to santa. Might have to make a note of that when my two get a bit older. We tried the whole explaining writing to Santa for Buba this year but at 3 years old he gets it and he doesn’t. MM no chance. So maybe another year before we really divide into it but I love how you do it on Dec 1st. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

    • Mel
      09/12/2014 / 10:15 pm

      Even Beanie (4) was not too interested. Crevette started really getting into the Christmas spirit when he was 5. There is no turning back after that!

  10. 08/12/2014 / 3:06 pm

    Arrgh! Another year where we’ve totally forgotten to do this. Rubbish mum alert. Love this idea, really going to try for next year! x x

    • Mel
      09/12/2014 / 10:14 pm

      You have just had a baby, silly lady! xxx

  11. 09/12/2014 / 11:56 am

    Ours written and sent too! Exciting! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • Mel
      09/12/2014 / 1:57 pm

      Always a pleasure! x

    • Mel
      09/12/2014 / 10:54 pm

      The excitement is building up now!

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