Kids pen letters to Santa as they eagerly await Christmas Day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It’s that time of year when Santa’s making a list and checking it twice. The first day of December means you’re a step closer to Christmas, and a lot of kids are already busy writing their wish list to Santa.

It starts with "Dear Santa" and from there, you know the rest.

The pre-schoolers at Punkin Patch Child Care made sure they’re ready for the big jolly guy to come visit Christmas Day. Their teachers receive a little help from classroom elves.

“Chocolate milk is my elf at home, but Spike is our elf here,” said four-year-old Jack.

Spike will report back to Santa every night.

“He's supposed to watch us to see who’s naughty or nice,” Jack explained.

It’s better to start the list early so you can keep adding on. Whether you’re naughty or nice, you’re definitely getting something.

You can also send write to Santa through the U.S. Postal Service's 'Letters to Santa' program. Send a letter to the North Pole, and you'll get a letter back from Santa. Get your pens ready because the deadline is December 15.

Here are the steps to get a letter back from Santa:

1) Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
2) Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
3) Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.”
4) When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____, or Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math, etc. Sign it Santa Claus with a P.S. to get to bed early Christmas Eve.
5) Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at his or her home. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole, as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp — such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.
6) Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:


ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014.