Holiday happenings

Santa and the elves are getting ready! What about you?

By Tatiana Roy

Last month, I visited Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. I was amazed to see how busy Santa’s elves were getting ready for the holidays. There was a whirlwind of activity going on at Santa’s workshop. The elves were making toys, testing them to make sure they work and are safe, getting Santa’s sleigh in shape, and working with the reindeer. They even made sure that Santa tested his eyes and glasses to make sure he can read every letter he receives.

While I was at the North Pole, Santa asked me to let you know that he hopes you write to him soon. As the holidays get closer, Santa gets so busy he doesn’t have time to read all of the letters he gets. Instead, Mrs. Claus and the elves get to read them and tell Santa about the requests. And Santa really wants to read all of your letters.

So go ahead and send your letter to Santa now. Now, he knows there are some naughty boys and girls who want to confuse the elves and they send more than one letter. If you think you can trick Santa by sending him a lot of letters, that won’t work. He knows your name and will only keep one letter. Plus, he doesn’t like having to spend time figuring out that you already wrote to him. And really, do you want to be on his naughty list?

Santa also asked me to let you know there are a few rules you need to follow when you write your letter.

First, he asked that you be specific. In other words, tell Santa what you need and what you want. If you need clothes, tell Santa your favorite style, color, and size. That way Mrs. Claus and the elves can make sure that you will like what they make for you.

Don’t forget to include your full name and address in the letter. This is an important step.

When you are done writing the letter, put it in an envelope addressed to Santa’s workshop. Here’s an example for you to follow.

Don’t forget to put your full name and return address on the envelope so Santa can find you. If you and your family live in an apartment, Santa needs to know the apartment number. He might not be as familiar with your building as you are.

And the last thing to keep in mind: don’t forget to put a First-Class postage stamp on the envelope. The stamp will help your letter get delivered to Santa’s workshop. The stamp needs to be placed in the upper right corner of the envelope. A new Holiday Elves stamp would be perfect for your letter to Santa.

Now you can take your letter to your local Post Office, or you can give it to your letter carrier, or put it in a blue collection box. That’s it. What are you waiting for? Write your letter to Santa now.

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