Christmas time is a time for imagination, wonder and magic and taking time to set up traditions and rituals for your family.
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For me and my family, writing Santa letters (or Father Christmas letters as mum referred to him) was always something we sat down to do in the build up to Christmas as children.
We were seated around the kitchen table, paper, coloured pens and bucket loads of ambition about what we would write and say. I think poor Mum ended up doing most of the work, but it didn’t feel that way! We weren’t lucky enough back then to get replies to our Santa letters – he was “far too busy” to write replies.
But the enjoyment we got from actually sitting down to write the letter and then sealing it safely up seemed like plenty enough for the time (we are talking before Internet time here!)
When I grew up I had a pen pal in the Canada (Zoe), we wrote to each other probably about three times a year – but it felt so frequent! And the delight of finding in the mail a special letter addressed to me from someone in a far off land, someone I could only imagine, was well … it was pretty special.
Writing letters as a child is not only fun, writing letters is actually part of a child’s key development – psychologists and neuroscientists say it the links between handwriting and a child’s broader educational development run deep indeed helping with reading skills, idea generation and the ability to remember information better.
To use a term that shows I have aged … “Nowadays” in this instant, digitised, and fast paced world there is seldom time or the need for letter writing anymore – facetime, sykpe, texts, emails, whats app and other instant forms of communication all seem to out weigh ‘snail mail’ communication.
It’s funny though because even as an adult I still delight in checking the mail every day and seeing if maybe today there is something personal in there for me… I don’t think the wonder ever wears off for some us!
So I say let’s not lose the magic in letters at Christmas time – let’s harness it for all it’s worth and the special feeling it brings.
Lets keep this tradition alive. Santa letters here we come. I’m in!
And if you are going to put in all that effort in writing to Santa it’s worth making sure your reply is of a top notch standard.
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