Dear mums and dads of Shepparton,
In addition to milk and cookies by the chimney, it is time to start preparing your children’s pens, pencils, crayons, envelopes, paper and stamps, because they have got some writing to do.
This year, Australia Post is working with Father Christmas to ensure the jolly gift giver receives and replies to letters from Australian kids.
The man in red said he encouraged kids to tell him what they would like for Christmas, as well as stories from this year they want to share.
“I’m sick of twiddling with my beard all day, I would much rather hear from nice kids,” he said.
To ensure Santa can reply, children are advised to attach a 65-cent stamp on the front of the envelope and write their name and return address on the back.
Last year, more than 130 000 letters and wish-lists were delivered to the North Pole, with children following the progress of their special envelope via Australia Post’s interactive Santa Mail tracker online.
Spokesperson Michelle Skehan said Australia Post was once again delighted to help spread the joy, and encouraged more families to get involved in the fun.
“Christmas is a magical time of year and Santa Mail is a treasured tradition in so many households,” she said.
“It is also a wonderful opportunity for children to practise their letter-writing skills and how to address, stamp and post a letter.”
Children are advised to post the letter to:
North Pole, 9999
The countdown is on; soon he’ll be making that list, and checking it twice.
The final date to post a letter and hear back from Santa, before he loads up his sleigh, is Friday, December 13.