When it comes to etiquette, there's a rule for everything, isn't there? In general, important letters have all sorts of guidelines, whether you're sending out a resume or wedding invitation.
Luckily, when it comes to a letter to Santa, it's totally up to the author how it's written. It can be as formal or candid as the writer likes and Santa isn't going to turn you in to Ms. Manners if you skip the small talk and get down to the nitty gritty, though I have it on good authority he's fond of a little buttering up.
The question some people ask is whether it's better to type a letter or write it by hand. The short answer is that there's no right or wrong. I can, however, guide you toward an informed decision.
Typed or handwritten? Let's break it down.
The pros and cons of typing and handwriting a letter to St. Nick:
There are lots of cool holiday themed printer papers and card stocks to choose from for a more festive feel. (Hint: Santa is partial to snow people.)
You don't run the risk that illegible writing (chicken scratch) will be misinterpreted, compromising the likelihood of getting the right gift. (Santa's sees all, but isn't a mind reader.)
A typewritten letter doesn't have the same charm as a handwritten one. It just doesn't. Sorry.
On Santa's end, handwritten letters are more interesting keepsakes, because they're more personal and reflect the writer's age.
Handwritten letters often offer some extra space to draw a picture, which Santa feels is like a special gift to him.
At the end of the day, whether you're a typed or handwritten type of family, a letter to Santa is like a Christmas present. What matters is the content, the rest is just gift wrap.