If you saw my post on Instagram a few weeks back then you already know that we started December by writing letters to Santa. Evan is just starting to write and Hadley loves to draw so it seemed like the perfect time to start the tradition. I found these adorable "Dear Santa" notecards by Rachel Alvarez, a water color artist who I have been following for quite some time and the kids got to work writing/drawing their list to Santa.
Once the cards were complete, we addressed them to Santa Claus, stamped them and sent them off to the North Pole for Santa's review.
And by "mailed", I mean that I secretly rescued them from the mailbox and stored them in their baby books. There was no way I was letting Santa keep those things forever.
The kids loved the activity, but the best part was finding another small business owner that does letters FROM Santa. That's right! Kristen over at Letter It Write offers hand lettered, personalized letters from Santa that are even postmarked from the North Pole. She makes these completely customizable by emailing you a form asking about things like what your child is currently working on, their teacher's name and what they have asked Santa for this year. So the other day, these came in the mail:
They raced into the room when I told them they had received mail. "Who is it from?" my oldest asked. "I don't know," I responded. "It says it's from the North Pole. Do you guys know anyone from the North Pole?" "SANTA!!" they screamed in unison. We opened each letter and I read them aloud. Since I had requested a letter for each kid, they received two completely different letters. One talked about how Dasher got his antlers stuck in a tree and Prancer had to help him out. The other talked about how Santa and Mrs. Claus had been out skiing and enjoying the snowy weather the day before. Both letters mentioned things the kids had been working on. Hadley's even said, "I see you have been working very hard on going pee pee in the potty." (We are right in the middle of potty training). Her eyes grew wide and she whispered, "I am going pee pee on the potty!" When Evan's mentioned that he had asked for Ninja Turtles for Christmas he said, "Santa read my letter I wrote him!"
Their faces and responses to each sentence were priceless and they talked about the letters all night, even requesting that we read them to Daddy when he came home from work.
I think it is safe to say that both sets of letters are ones that we will cherish forever and that we have most certainly found a tradition that we will continue in the years ahead.