When the holiday season is in full swing, kids can e-mail Santa with their wish lists instead of sending out a traditional Santa letter through the mail. There are several sites on the Web that offer the opportunity to send Santa an e-mail, and children can get a response in record time.
Reasons to E-mail Santa
Sending Santa an e-mail can be convenient and fun for a variety of reasons, including:
- Saving the cost of postage.
- Getting in those last-minute letters to Santa, when traditional mail would take too long to arrive.
- Responses are generally sent quickly, and can be printed off to keep.
- Letting kids engage with the websites that offer this service, which often include games and other activities.
Where to Find Sites to E-Mail Santa
If you're looking for a fun website that will let your child e-mail Santa with his or her wish list, here are a few that offer this service, as well as lots of extras.
- NorthPole.com - NorthPole.com offers a lot of Christmas activities for kids, including stories, printables, recipes, crafts, and special ideas for teachers and parents. Of course, you can also e-mail Santa, and if your child doesn't have an e-mail address, you can create an account so that he or she retrieves Santa's response right from the site.
- Canada Post - Canada Post has a rich tradition of answering Santa's mail every Christmas, and they now also offer an e-mail service. E-mail replies are sent in English or French (while postal mail is answered in the language in which the original letter was written, including Braille). They've added a few games and fun activities to the web site for kids.
Tips for Sending Santa an E-mail
If your child wants to e-mail Santa, here are some tips to get the most out of the experience:
- Make sure that your return e-mail address is correct. Replies can't get through if an incorrect address is provided.
- Provide only first names, and never include your full contact details, such as mailing address or telephone number.
- Ask your kids to show you their completed forms or letters before sending them, to make sure that they haven't given out too much information about themselves.
- If you have trouble with a form not going through, try a different site. Some web sites can be fussy with forms going through on different browsers or firewall settings.
- Print out the letter before sending it, as well as the response, for a nice keepsake or scrapbook page.
- Most sites that offer the option to e-mail Santa differ in the amount of time it will take to get a reply. Generally speaking, you should hear back within a day or two.
E-mailing Santa can be a great way for you and your children to have some seasonal fun on the computer. Put on some festive music, grab a couple of holiday treats, and enjoy the various Christmas offerings that can be found online. .