Giving my children letters from Santa is one of my favorite holiday traditions. It’s not really something I started intentionally it just evolved (traditions are like that), and over the years it’s taken on a variety of forms- it seems Santa is always changing things up.
Some years when he’s extra busy he leaves a note on Christmas morning but other years, when there is a little more room in his schedule, he leaves a little note and perhaps a tasty treat waiting on the kitchen table some time early in December as well. This year I am delighted to have help with this beloved tradition from my local Safeway grocery store, who is offering free personalized, printable letters from Santa.
I have to admit, I’m always a little wary of allowing others to influence our particular take on Santa, but I am really pleased with the tone of these letters.
The one I printed for my 8 year-old daughter hits all the classic North Pole themes and is full of warmth and kindness, while also encouraging her to pursue her passions. Here is an excerpt from her letter:
“Mrs. Claus and I heard recently that your Grandma believes you may grow up to be a Vet or a Fashion Designer. The things that you do well and that you love doing are signs that you’re on the right track. Being yourself and not comparing yourself to others will bring joy not only to you, but also to the world.”
You can get your own personalized letter here in just a few minutes- just input the information to get a letter for each of your kids. You can enter one of 5 age ranges to make sure your child receives a developmentally appropriate letter that mentions his or her siblings, pets, relatives and other details of their life. If details don’t apply, just leave them out and the letter is adjusted accordingly.
After you create your letter you’ll receive an email containing the printable letter, and official looking envelope postmarked from the North Pole as well coupons for popular holiday items.
Do you do Santa letters? What are some of your favorite holiday traditions – have any that surprise you? Leave a comment and let me know!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Stores. The opinions and text are all mine.
Lorien Van Ness is the mother of four children ranging in age from toddler to tween. She’s a freelance writer and regular contributor at Creative with Kids and Hands On As We Grow. Having worked with children from birth through adolescence in a professionally for more than 10 years, she enjoys helping families create meaningful experiences that foster strong relationships. She grabs any free moment she can to write about life, parenting, and everything in between.