Avoid as much stress as you can this holiday season!
- Limit the requests. Tell your child that Santa has a lot of children to deliver toys to, and that he only wants to know the wish most dear to your child’s heart. This will allow your kid to really search for something he or she wants, and it will also help you surprise him or her with other small gifts that you know he or she will enjoy.
- Write all of the gifts that he or she wants on a list. You can tell relatives who want to buy your child a gift what’s on the list and not have to spend so much, while also helping them purchase something your child really wants.
- Let them ask questions for Santa. My daughter loves this, but I rushed her a little and she surely didn’t ask all of the ones she had wanted to (like why Santa wears a beard, or why he wears red). The service did answer the questions she had (like what type of treat to leave Rudolph), so it’s fun to engage in these questions and helps with their letter writing skills.
- Seek out a good letter service. Our local recreation department does this annually and they never disappoint, are always on time, and always answer all of her questions. You might even want to send out a copy of the letter to a couple of services, just to see whose letter will be best. The whole keeping Mrs. Claus traditional—our letter said she was baking cookies for the elves—is a bit drab; I would love to tell the kids that she’s out taking the reindeer for a test flight or something if I were writing the letters! Which reminds me…
- You can also write the letter yourself if you want. Just have a friend mail it, mail it from another location, or even leave it under the tree or in your child’s stocking on Christmas.