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    Former MSE Natasha
    Get a free letter from Father Christmas!
    • #1
    • 8th Aug 08, 1:22 PM
    Get a free letter from Father Christmas! 8th Aug 08 at 1:22 PM
    Updated 25 November 2008
    What's this about?

    Tons of companies are charging parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles a tenner a time to reply to children's letters addressed to Father Christmas. Yet there's an easy way to get a free reply.

    How to do it

    Children should post a letter, with stamp, before 12 December (though preferably earlier) to:

    Santa, Santa's Grotto,
    Reindeerland, SAN TA1

    And according to the Royal Mail, Father Christmas will write back to them 'personally'.

    Feedback

    If you've done this in past years or are trying it for the first time now, please report back how it all went. Hopefully the kids will be as astonished and proud as I was when I got my letter 20-odd years ago!

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    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 25-11-2008 at 8:07 PM.
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  • Cialilerin
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    • 26th Nov 08, 7:51 AM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 7:51 AM
    I've done this for the last 10 or so years (often without a stamp!) and the kids have always received a reply and been thrilled so we'll be doing it again this year!
    • murphymum
    • By murphymum 26th Nov 08, 2:20 PM
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    murphymum
    • #3
    • 26th Nov 08, 2:20 PM
    Reply in Feb!
    • #3
    • 26th Nov 08, 2:20 PM
    My kids sent their letter last year to Santa at this address about the end of November, certainly before the cut-off but they didn't get their reply until February. By then Christmas was in the dim and distant past. Get your letter away as early as possible.
  • Penry
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    • 26th Nov 08, 2:41 PM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 2:41 PM
    I did this last year before the deadline, but probably not by much knowing me. We didn't get any response. Will try again, but glad the kids weren't expecting anything.
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  • Mont1976
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    • 26th Nov 08, 3:55 PM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 3:55 PM
    A slightly different take - several of my friends have children who write to Santa and Santa ALWAYS writes back because its me! Do you have any creative friends? (i can be quite creative with a computer and some sparkly spray! The children write to santa and he (I) writes back a personal letter. Both letters are handed back to the parents who can pre-read what Santa has said and then the letters are left for the children to find - it brings such delight to them, and if I'm honest, to me too! There is no postage involved so letters don't usually take too long in coming back!

    I started with one letter a couple of years ago and this year so far am up to 3! Also very good for those with several children or anyone on a very tight budget...
    • Minerva69
    • By Minerva69 26th Nov 08, 4:18 PM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 4:18 PM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 4:18 PM
    I noticed in my local Sainsburys yesterday they have a "postbox" for Santa, and if a child posts a letter in it a reply can be picked up a week later from Customer Services instore. Not sure when they're doing this til though.
  • sazzle2000
    • #7
    • 26th Nov 08, 5:08 PM
    royal mail let down
    • #7
    • 26th Nov 08, 5:08 PM
    my 6 year old daughter wrote a beautiful letter last year and was so upset that he didnt write back (we sent it a month early to be extra sure)
    • loocyloo
    • By loocyloo 26th Nov 08, 7:33 PM
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    loocyloo
    • #8
    • 26th Nov 08, 7:33 PM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 7:33 PM
    my children write to father christmas and we 'post' them up the chimney ...

    (well, leave them on a cold unlit fire in the evening)

    the next morning, along with a sprinkle of 'snow' (flour or pretend snow) there are letters by return on the hearth!

    i reply, printing it all on the pc, and using coloured paper and sparkly bits!

    there are sample letters that you can fill in details on DTLK-kids.com, or i use them as an idea and write my own.

    years ago, when i was a nanny, we wrote to father christmas via royal mail ... we got postcards by return, but the older children weren't fooled ... they were all the same! :rolleyes:

    xxx
  • Dolly Mixture
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    • 26th Nov 08, 7:44 PM
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    • 26th Nov 08, 7:44 PM
    I have used the Royal Mail's address and some years we have had letters back and some we have not. The letters are not at all personalised. I also order one every year that is personalised and these are loved by my daughter. This year I have ordered one with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers which is only £2 in clubcard vouchers. The same letter is about £5 to order direct. I ordered my deal last Friday and received a form to fill in with details yesterday (Tuesday) and I have sent the reply off today - they have to receive your details by 13 December. I think this is a good deal as I have loads of clubcard vouchers and not much to spend them on.
  • Hen30
    Santa Letters
    I wrote last year on behalf of my daughter (then aged 8 mths) but got no reply. Think I was more disappointed!!! Have tried again this year and am awaiting reply
  • Glpark01
    we've used these the past couple of years

    http://www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com/free_printable_letters_from_santa.asp
  • VeePhillips
    The freebies sound like a good option to try, but if you're going to pay for one, can I suggest not a commercial operation but a charity. ChildLine (now part of NSPCC) have been doing these for years and they're pretty good: they just ask for a suggested donation of £5 a letter. http://www.nspccwishes.org.uk



    Updated 25 November 2008
    What's this about?

    Tons of companies are charging parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles a tenner a time to reply to children's letters addressed to Father Christmas. Yet there's an easy way to get a free reply.

    How to do it

    Children should post a letter, with stamp, before 12 December (though preferably earlier) to:

    Santa, Santa's Grotto,
    Reindeerland, SAN TA1

    And according to the Royal Mail, Father Christmas will write back to them 'personally'.

    Feedback

    If you've done this in past years or are trying it for the first time now, please report back how it all went. Hopefully the kids will be as astonished and proud as I was when I got my letter 20-odd years ago!

    This Forum Tip was included in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email

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    Originally posted by MSE Natasha
  • badger78
    have done the www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com letters and there are brill !!!
  • Stray Stig
    aaah thats a lovely idea. I love that
    sprouts
  • little lady
    i got my two children to write but as i only receive one letter back from santa i could not let them have it otherwise my other child would of been gutted, tryed the following year and the same thing happened again, i wont be trying again, i now make up my own reply on the computer at home
    • njb286
    • By njb286 30th Nov 08, 12:25 PM
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    njb286
    If you've done this in past years or are trying it for the first time now, please report back how it all went. Hopefully the kids will be as astonished and proud as I was when I got my letter 20-odd years ago!

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    Originally posted by MSE Natasha
    I did it last year and both children got a brilliant reply well before Christmas - a great service!
    NJB

    Mother, wife, teacher, full-time woman!!

  • disney2007
    I use the disney website, from Santa Clause the movie you can print off a nice letter and I post it my children and they love it.
    www.disney.go.com
    karen
  • misscjevans97
    Updated 25 November 2008
    What's this about?

    Tons of companies are charging parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles a tenner a time to reply to children's letters addressed to Father Christmas. Yet there's an easy way to get a free reply.

    How to do it

    Children should post a letter, with stamp, before 12 December (though preferably earlier) to:

    Santa, Santa's Grotto,
    Reindeerland, SAN TA1

    And according to the Royal Mail, Father Christmas will write back to them 'personally'.

    Feedback

    If you've done this in past years or are trying it for the first time now, please report back how it all went. Hopefully the kids will be as astonished and proud as I was when I got my letter 20-odd years ago!

    This Forum Tip was included in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email

    Don't miss out on new deals, loopholes, and vouchers

    Originally posted by MSE Natasha
    do u have 2 add your email adress
  • sensor
    we too tryed the royal mails letter but only one turned up, and they wert nothing great, so we went to santaspecialletters .com .
    they were great personalised with free gifts and on desent paper.
    • *Louise*
    • By *Louise* 9th Nov 09, 2:22 PM
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    *Louise*
    I do this every year (my dad told me about it lol) and the three children always get replies
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