about Love Santa

Final orders due today!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here, but there’s only a week to go now!

Santa writing with a quillWe love helping Santa with his letters to Aussie children and think it is a real privilege to be part of so many children’s lives. And frankly we’d love to keep writing letters right up until Christmas Eve!

However, we have to rely on Australia Post during their busiest time of year so we have to factor delivery times into our plans. And we want to spend some time celebrating Christmas with our family. All of which means we must stop writing and sending letters very soon…

If you want letters to reach…

  • regional areas, orders close today
  • major cities except Melbourne, orders close Sunday
  • Melbourne, orders close Monday
  • anywhere by express post (for an additional $6), orders close Monday
  • you by email (ie we’ll send a pdf version instead), please order by Monday and send us an email

Having said that, we can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas on any orders placed after Saturday evening.

Read what others have said and remember that NOW is the best time to place an order if you’re thinking about it!

A Love Santa letter in a scrapbook

A Love Santa letter in a scrapbook

A genuine endorsement for real letters

Unfortunately, there are some sad people who spam others for enjoyment or to make money in unscrupulous ways.

Genuine vs spam Santa letters

baby girl holding a red envelope

Who could prevent a baby or child this delight?

What’s sadder is that there are even people who would use children’s love of Santa and the magic of Christmas, and the love of adults for those children, to try getting money out of others.

We were very pleased to find that PC mag Australia wrote about this problem and gave two reputable options for Santa letters rather than the scammers – Australia Post (for a non personalised letter) and Love Santa (for personalised letters with additional touches).

Staying safe

As well as sharing our excitement at getting such an unexpected mention, this article inspired me to give some tips on avoiding spam…

  • if you’re unsure, do NOT click on any links in emails. Type out the URL yourself so you go to a real site (there are emails that look right but have links that will take you somewhere unexpected)
  • don’t just rely on emails – check their website or Google them for reviews and comments. Personally, I don’t trust anyone who advertises by emailing strangers!
  • if in doubt, only make payments through trusted sites, such as paypal or a direct deposit from your banking facility. And NEVER give credit card details via email.
  • look at the email address – does it come from a domain that seems valid (eg a relevant business name)? does the name in the email match the email address?
  • read the website – does it feel genuine (this comes through even more in a blog and articles which are less sales-orientated), do the photos look like real people, are there contact details, and so forth.

Here’s to getting rid of spammers!

Christmas is almost here, but it’s not too late!

Images of chldren and teens enjoying a letter from Love Santa

Children of all ages enjoy getting mail and finding a Love Santa letter addressed to them

With only days to go, do you feel ready for Christmas?

Perhaps you were hoping to arrange a Santa letter for someone special but have just realised Christmas is almost here and you’ve not done it? It’s easy to let it slip with all the things that need doing at this time of year, but it is disappointing for any child to miss out.

Maybe you weren’t sure of the details to let us personalise a letter for the special child(ren) in your life, so kept putting it off until now it feels too late.

Love Santa letters are still available!

Well, you’re in luck! It IS too late to send anything via Australia Post before Christmas and a bit too close for use to write personalised letters at this stage.

However, we have prepared a non-personalised Love Santa letter for Aussie and Kiwi children that you can print off for them – pop it in an envelope in the letter box, hang it from the Christmas tree or have it sticking out of a stocking hung by the chimney, or any other creative presentation you think of!

Last minute Love Santa letters

Professionally written like all our letters, the non-personalised letter also refers to a warm Christmas and the boomers, and of course includes a craft idea and recipe for a Santa snack. We write a new letter every year (but you can still grab the non-personalised letters from 2012 and 2013 as well if you want three different letters – contact us for more than three!)

The more magic we can give children for Christmas, the better! (Did you know that Michael Grose believes Christmas magic is even more important for children than ever in this information age?)

Simply click on the button below to arrange for your downloadable Santa letter, and have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2013 is almost here!

Santa is just finishing up at the North Pole in preparation for his big trip Down Under (and elsewhere in the world!)

The excitement is certainly building in our house, street and community (especially as all the end of school year things are underway, too. Are you feeling excited or are you still caught up in the busyness leading up to Christmas?

Love Santa letters

Images of chldren and teens enjoying a letter from Love Santa

Children of all ages enjoy getting mail and finding a Love Santa letter addressed to them

Of course, Australia Post is very busy at this time of year which means we can’t be sure how long letters will take to reach children now. So letter orders will soon be closing – and we suggest not ordering personalised letters for anywhere with longer delivery times.

Deliveries to Melbourne and Sydney – close Thursday 19th December
For orders to children in Melbourne, we can accept these on Friday 20th December but do not promise delivery before 24th December. Please contact us if you would like us to try.

Deliveries to other capital cities and Victoria – suggested deadline is Wednesday 18th December

Deliveries to other rural areas – suggested deadline is Tuesday 17th December or sooner

If you have not ordered letters by those deadlines, you can order an emailed version instead. These letters are on the same backgrounds and professionally written but are not personalised and obviously come without the physical surprise and are emailed rather than mailed.

Love Santa letters at the last minute

The lead up to Christmas can be mighty busy so it’s easy to see how you could leave ordering a Santa letter a bit late!

But if you have a tradition of Santa letters or just want the excitement and delight for a child in your life, it can be very disappointing or even upsetting to realise it’s too late for a letter to be delivered.

Or maybe you don’t want to use the wrong details in a personalised letter and feel safer with something simpler.

Either way, we want to help!

Scrapbook pages of Love Santa letters

Love Santa letters in a scrapbook make a lovely reminder of childhood

We have prepared a non-personalised Love Santa letter for Aussie and Kiwi children that you can print off for them – pop it in an envelope in the letter box, hang it from the Christmas tree or have it sticking out of a stocking hung by the chimney.

Like our personalised letters, these are professionally written, include a craft and a snack for Santa recipe and have an Australian feel. And each year has a different look and different words (but we’ve updated the year on last year’s as well if you want two different letters – contact us for more than two!)

To get a 2013 non-personalised letter is easy – just click on the button below and follow the instructions 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Merry Christmas, Love Santa

It is now Christmas morning, kids across Australia are waking up to find their Santa stocking and check out what is under the tree so it’s time for everyone at Love Santa to wish you a…

Merry Christmas!

 

Have a great day with lots of laughs and love!

children opening stockings form Santa on Christmas morning

Delving into Santa sacks on Christmas morning is FUN!

Quality Santa letters written with love

Yesterday I wrote about Santa asking me to help him write letters to Australian children each Christmas.

As it is an honour to write to children on Santa’s behalf, and a responsibility to give those children a special message, I put a lot of care and love into all the letters we write.

General principles of Love Santa letters

Every Love Santa letter (including our non-personalised self-print options) is written to meet the following aims:

Love Santa letter makes boy smile

Making each child smile is what we aim to do

  1. it is positive and makes the child feel happy
  2. acknowledge the good things children do, ann encourage them doing more good things
  3. be truly personal so the child knows the letter is for him or her
  4. includes references to Australia and a warm Christmas so the child can relate to what they are reading
  5. indirectly teach children basic letter writing skills

Making Love Santa letters personalised

There are a number of ways I strive to make each child feel special, but it mostly comes down to spending the time editing each letter just before it is printed and mailed to be sure it is just right.

Every Love Santa letter

  1. is mailed in its own envelope so the child has the pleasure of opening a letter addressed to him or herself
  2. starts with their first name
  3. is often adjusted to suit the child’s age or good deeds
  4. includes some good deeds done by that child during the last year. Good deeds are always written in a positive tone, too, to build self-esteem. So, for example, I write ‘being independant’ rather than ‘not being so clingy’, ‘learning to play nicely’ rather than ‘not always fighting’, and ‘trying your best at maths’ instead of ‘not failing maths’
  5. is checked to be different from siblings’ letters, and often is adjusted to include a sibling’s name

To share in this fun part of Christmas, request a Love Santa letter so your kids can experience their own personalised letter – and look out for some ordering tips in tomorrow’s blog post.

The honour of helping Santa

A few people have asked lately how I came to be writing Santa letters so here’s my story…

I am a professional writer and I love writing and reading.

I am also a Mum, love Christmas and love being positively engaged with the community. Helping other people is just what I do – I think it’s who I am.

Santa writing letters with a quill and ink pot!

No wonder Santa needs help if he still uses a quill to write letters!

Anyway, Santa is an extremely busy man and despite his best intentions, he doesn’t manage to write to all children every year.

So when my daughters were very little, I wrote them a few letters on Santa’s behalf so they could experience to fun of getting letters in the mail and the excitement and self-esteem that comes from being acknowledged by someone special (and who is more special than Santa???)

Santa’s request

Santa was looking for someone to write letters to some of the Australian children he just wasn’t finding time to write to before Christmas.

In 2002, Santa gave me one of the highest honours I think is possible for a writer – he asked me to help him.

I’m not sure if Santa heard about the letters for my daughters or just looked for an Australian writer, but I am proud he asked me and do my very best to live up to his expectations.

Tomorrow, I will post a bit about how I manage  writing these special letters.

If you have questions about Love Santa letters or my story, please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer you:) Note I won’t give away any secrets though, so don’t ask  how you can stay awake to see Santa or how he knows if you’ve been bad or good…

 

Print a non-personalised Love Santa letter

A range of Love Santa lettersLove the idea of arranging a Santa letter for someone special but left it until Christmas is almost here? It’s easy to do with all the things that need doing at this time of year, but it is disappointing for any child to miss out.

Maybe you just aren’t sure of the details to let us personalise a letter for the special child(ren) in your life?

We have prepared a non-personalised Love Santa letter for Aussie and Kiwi children that you can print off for them – pop it in an envelope in the letter box, hang it from the Christmas tree or have it sticking out of a stocking hung by the chimney.

Professionally written like all our letters, the non-personalised letter also refers to a warm Christmas and the boomers, and of course includes a craft idea and recipe for a Santa snack. We write a new letter every year (but last year’s is still available if you want two different letters – contact us for more than two!)

The more magic we can give children for Christmas, the better! (Did you know that Michael Grose believes Christmas magic is even more important for children than ever in this information age?)

Simply click on the button below to arrange for your downloadable Santa letter, and have a Merry Christmas!

* 2013 update – this letter has now been updated with the year 2013. If you would like a 2012 version to add to a scrapbook or album, please contact us

Together we can share the Christmas magic

As a group, we can choose to share the magic of Christmas, in December and all year round, to make people happy and make a difference in their lives.

I believe little things we do can make a HUGE difference.

That is the power of we and the theme of this year’s Blog Action Day – which happens to be today 🙂

Can our love of Christmas really make a difference?

I think we who love Santa and Christmas can make a difference to the world.

And even if each of us makes small changes, the total could end up being spectacular and absolutely world-changing.

Just making people smile can make a difference

Love Santa letter makes bo smile

making a child smile is what we aim to do

Whether it is sharing a lovely story (like so may people do here I’m pleased to say), giving a special Christmas gift, putting out Christmas decorations and simply smiling at a stranger, being able to make someone else smile is a great power we all have.

You never know the impact of that smile either. Maybe you make a sad person smile so they are more productive or nicer to people that day, maybe you just inspire them to smile at others, maybe you are the difference between them feeling alone and worthless and feeling ok.

Here are a few ways to make people smile about Christmas and Santa, but I’d love you to share more ideas as a comment…

  • put up Christmas decorations that people can see outside your house
  • put up fun or unexpected decorations (such as legs sticking out of a chimney or tinsel forming a shape)
  • make a Christmas resource and give it your clients – maybe a shopping list template, an email message, a card holder, a website graphic, a pattern for a Christmas craft or a bookmark
  • include a fun token with every Christmas gift you give this year (eg a funny bookmark, a Santa magnet)
  • make the effort to see people during the year, not just at Christmas events
  • wear a Santa hat or Santa earrings, maybe even a Christmas-themed top
  • do some baking (at home or at the office) to ge that cinnamon scent wafting around
  • SMILE!

Inspiring others

Being generous and kind often inspires others to be generous and kind.

Think of the movie ‘pay it forward’ where I do something incredible for you on condition you do something incredible for others.

I recently heard of someone who mentored a new person in his industry – on condition she handed the information over to someone else new later on.

Consciously looking for ways to be generous, as a group, will make our world better. Not only have we helped some people directly, but hopefully we have inspired them to also be generous and given people hope and belief in other people.

Santa in a dress?

To put some of our belief into action, I’m going to put Santa into a school dress.

What on Earth am I talking about, you ask.

Well, there is fundraising campaign called Do it in a dress that I think is a very worthwhile cause.

Girls in Sierra Leone often don’t get much formal education or opportunity. In fact, they are more likely to be assaulted than go to school which is awful.

Do it in a dress is an orgnaisation that is raising money for these girls to go to school.

So, if lots of people get together and donate a little here or there, we can get some Sierra Leone girls to school – making a huge difference to their lives and the lives of their families and communities.

If we raise enough for one girl to get to high school ($150), we’ll add a graphic of Santa in a dress to our site.

If we raise enough to give any girl access to school for a year ($240), we’ll make that image our Twitter profile for 2 weeks and add it to our Facebook cover image indefinitely.

To donate, simply visit our Do-it-in-a-dress profile page and pay online. To make a bigger difference, share the link to this page or our donation page with your friends so we can get even more girls to school.

Together, we can make a difference and bring ‘Christmas’ to those girls’ lives.

Naming Santa’s reindeer

An important part of the Santa traditions is how he gets around – namely, his sleigh pulled by reindeer and boomers.

And of course we want to know the names of those precious reindeer and boomers.

Santa's reindeer leaping with joyJust for fun, though, I want to know what names you would have given to Santa’s reindeer if you’d had the choice. Maybe you’d have used some of the existing names (Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Vixen, Cupid and Dasher) or maybe you’d have your 8 favourite names instead.

So share your list of 8 reindeer names for Santa (you never know, he may just use them if he retires his current reindeer!) and the list I like the most will win a Love Santa letter prize.

Only family friendly names please…

Final Santa letter orders for 2011

One week until Santa arrives which means there is little time left to get a personalised letter from Santa this year.

Unlike on Christmas Eve, Santa relies on Australia Post to deliver his letters so final delivery times vary depending on where you live so the Posties have time to get your letter to you. Here are the deadlines…Love Santa personalised letter sample

Melbourne                                             midnight Tuesday 20 December

Victoria and other capital cities      midnight Monday 19 December

other states                                            midnight Sunday 18 December

However, the sooner you order the better chance it will arrive before Santa – the Posties do get very very busy this week! And it’s good to let the kids use the activity ideas included with each letter, too.

 

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