Australia Post reminds children to send their letters to the North Pole early
For those working in early childhood education and care who are supporting children to send letters to the North Pole as part of Christmas traditions, Australia Post have issued a reminder to send letters early in line with an anticipated surge in demands on the postal system toward the end of the year.
The postal service is once again helping to connect children directly with Santa via the much-loved tradition, Santa Mail, with children sending letters and receiving a response via mail.
Last year, 120,000 children wrote to the North Pole to let Santa know what presents they hoped to see under the tree.
In 2020, Australia Post General Manager, Post Office Network, David McNamara, said the postal service is doing “everything it can” to help Australians have the best possible Christmas and is looking forward to getting children and families into the festive spirit.
“Santa Mail is one of those Australian traditions that families look forward to every year and it helps add a little touch of excitement at this magical time,” he said.
“It’s also the perfect activity to encourage children to think about all the things that make them happy and practice their literacy skills by putting pencil to paper expressing what they are hoping for,” he added.
In order to give Santa time to respond to every letter, children and families are encouraged to “get their letters in nice and early.”
Templates are available on the Santa Mail website, which also helps children to track the progress of their letter via the Santa Mail Tracker.
To take part, letters should be addressed to Santa, North Pole 9999 with a 65c Christmas stamp on the front of the envelope and a name and return address on the back, so Santa knows where to send his reply.
For those children and families with low vision, a large text reply from Santa is available by sending letters to Santa Mail (large text), North Pole 9999.
Santa Mail letters can be placed in any red street posting box, or a dedicated Santa Mail box in participating Post Offices, and children are encouraged to post letters before Thursday 26 November, so Santa can reply before loading up his sleigh.
For further information on Santa Mail, including how to take part, letter writing tips, and the Santa Mail Tracker please visit auspost.com.au/santamail.