While the digital age is well and truly upon us and letter writing is seemingly a thing of the distant past, there is still one traditional time that letters flood in to Australia Post.
That time is coming around very soon.
Australia Post is encouraging young Australians to join the magic of Christmas and write and post letters and wish-lists nice and early to ensure they receive a reply from Santa before the big day.
Expecting to deliver over 150,000 letters to the North Pole this year, Australia Post is also for the first time offering a large print service for families with children who have low vision.
Preparing for the busy festive season ahead, Australia Post spokesperson Michelle Skehan said they are thrilled to be able to offer the new large print service for children and their families.
“Christmas is a very special time of year for children of all ages, so we are pleased to be able to invite more families to get involved and celebrate the festivities,” said Ms Skehan.
“Santa Mail is not only a cherished Christmas tradition in many households, but also a wonderful way for children to practice their letter writing skills at school or home.”
Ms Skehan also explained how sending a letter to Santa is seen as a fun and easy way to show kids how to address, stamp and post a letter.
“The fun doesn’t stop at the post box either, children can follow the progress of their letter through our new interactive online tracker,” said Ms Skehan.
“There’s also plenty of other Christmas activities children can find on our Santa Mail website.”
To take part, send festive letters to Santa, North Pole, 9999 with a 65 cent Christmas stamp on the front of the envelope and a name and return address on the back.
This is so Santa knows where to send his reply. Parents and children who have low vision can opt-in to receive a large text reply from Santa by sending their letters to: Santa Mail (large text) North Pole, 9999.
Santa Mail letters can be placed in any dedicated Santa Mail box or red street post box.
Families are encouraged to lodge their letters before Friday, December 14, so Santa can reply before loading up his sleigh ready for the big day.
Families are also encouraged to pick up and fill out the free Santa Mail postcards at participating post offices.
For further information on Santa Mail, and how to take part – as well as letter writing tips – please visit auspost.com.au/santamail.
The site has lesson plans for writing letters, letter templates to download, instructions on how to send them, and even tips on how to track the progress of letters with an interactive Santa Mail Tracker.