Australia Post is calling on children across NSW to pick up some paper, secure some stamps and get their letters to Santa in the mailbox.
General Manager of Retail Operations at Australia Post, Josh Bannister said Christmas was the busiest time of year for the postal service and the Australia Post team loved being able to bring a touch of magic to children across the country.
“Sacks of letters have already started arriving at the North Pole from eager kids,” Mr Bannister said
“There are some key dates to ensure everyone gets a response before Santa and his elves get busy loading the sleigh for Christmas Eve,” he said.
“With more than 118,000 letters received last year, Santa needs families to post their letters before 2 December, while schools need to get ready a little earlier and have their letters sent by 24 November.”
Mr Bannister said Santa Mail brought a sense of excitement to all and was a fantastic way to get children writing and practising their literacy skills.
He said Australia Post wanted every child to be able to have the joy of getting in contact with Santa, so this year, the program was open to any form of communication – “be it a letter, drawing, song, or photo”.
“In return, kids will receive a response from Santa that suits their accessibility needs, including large print or braille formats,” the Retail Operations Manager said.
“Just like me, if you’re hoping that Santa is going to leave a present under the tree, then he needs to know what’s on the top of your wish list,” he said.
“Santa loves receiving letters from all the kids around Australia but just remember, Santa is from the North Pole and doesn’t know all our quirky lingo – so if you want a new pair of bathers or thongs, try asking for a swimsuit and some flip flops!”
Mr Bannister said children of any age were encouraged to take part and letters should be addressed to Santa, North Pole, 9999 with a 65c Christmas-card only stamp affixed to the front of the envelope, and a name and return address on the back, “so Santa knows where to send his reply”.
Further information on sending a letter to Santa can be accessed at this PS News link.