Getting those letters off to Santa

HE’S making a list, and checking it twice …

With Christmas just around the corner, Australia Post will be working extra hard to get letters and wish lists all the way to the North Pole to make sure any little writers receive a reply from Santa before the big day.

Expecting to deliver more than 150,000 letters to the North Pole this year, Australia Post is also for the first time offering a large print service for families with children who have low vision.

Helen Skeen and Jodie Davis, from Sale post office, are snowed under at this time of year, but personally ensure each letter is hand delivered to Santa.

“Normally, I deal with Mrs Claus, because Santa’s very busy,” Helen said.

It’s a wonderful way for children to practice their letter writing skills at school or home, but the fun doesn’t stop at the post box this year.

Children can follow the progress of their letters through a new interactive online tracker, and there’s plenty of other Christmas activities children can find on Australia Post’s Santa Mail website.

To take part, send a festive letter to ‘Santa, North Pole, 9999’ with a 65 cent Christmas stamp on the front of the envelope, and your name and return address on the back, so Santa knows where to send his reply.

Parents and children who have low vision can opt-in to receive a large text reply from Santa by sending their letters to: ‘Santa Mail (large text) North Pole, 9999’.

Santa Mail letters can be placed in any dedicated Santa Mail box or red street post box, with families encouraged to lodge their letters before Friday, December 14, so Santa can reply before he has toload up his sleigh.

Families are also encouraged to pick up and fill in the free Santa Mail postcards at participating post offices.

For more information about Santa Mail and how to take part — as well as letter writing tips — visit auspost.com.au/santamail.