Publication: October 2013 from St. Nick’s Publishing
The magic of Christmas for children is embodied in Santa Claus. This book shows you how to capture that magic by writing a personal letter from Santa for the child or children who are special to you.
Letters from Santa can describe situations your child has been in, recount good deeds he or she has done, make suggestions for improving behavior, and generally inspire your child in positive directions you see for them.
The finely crafted companion volume is where you will write this special letter each Christmas Eve, after your child has brought their book of Santa’s letters to its honored place near the Christmas tree. On Christmas morning, the whole family can gather around as your child discovers what Santa has written just for them.
Heartfelt Letters from Santa by Veronica Christine Steck and the accompanying My Letters from Santa Through the Years is a very neat non-fiction book about beginning the tradition of Santa replying to your child’s letter to him.
Now yes, if you send a letter to Santa in the mail you usually get a reply (at least you do where I live) but they are fairly generic and can only really make reference to what the child wrote in their own letter. Through this book, Veronica Steck has outlined a way to let your child(ren) receive a personalized and sincere letter back from Santa. She talks about how to introduce the concept to your child(ren) and then provides samples of that very first letter from Santa and sample sentences to get you started, from praise, accomplishments, spirituality, family, encouragement and everything in between. She even provides ideas for gentle reminders and ideas for how to “be good” in the upcoming year.
The back of the book is a journal of sorts for parents to keep track of significant moments during the year that they can then make mention of in the letter from Santa, while the accompanying book is where the letters will be actually written – a book from Santa, just for this purpose. The layout of the book is done very well, and is quite easy to comprehend and follow. I love the samples she gives, as I am a person who always struggles to get voice and tone when trying to write as someone else. She even talks about how to word your letters for different age groups, and growing up as Santa along with the child(ren).
I really like this idea and will definitely have to remember it for when I have children of my own. It’s a small tradition, but one that can be very significant for a child. I know I always loved those generic letters from Santa. I personal one would be so much more exciting.