I am still a firm believer in jolly old Saint Nick, Santa, Father Christmas – whatever you call him.
He is part of the magic of Christmas.
While overspending on presents and overspending on food can put people off the whole thing, it’s still good to hold on to the festivities as much as possible.
Free letter from Santa
You can pay for a lot of things in the run up to “the most wonderful time of the year”, but there is one thing for free this Christmas that the kids will certainly love.
And the best thing, it’ll only cost you the price of a stamp.
There are lots of companies who will charge you for a letter from Santa, but there is no need to pay as there are a number of free options out there.
Here’s how you can get a free letter from Santa sent to your house.
The Post Office elves are helping Father Christmas this year by delivering children’s letters to him.
It’s not just a one-way communication method though.
After your child has sent their letter, they will be delighted when they might get a reply before the 25th December.
It’s simple to get a letter back.
Have your child send their letters to:
Remember to include your full name and address so he can write back.
There is a cut off when the letters need to be received by.
In previous years this was the second Friday of December, so for 2018, we’re making a guess that you need to send any letters before 7 December 2018 (we will update when we know for sure).
I’ve been made aware that Father Christmas may also able to reply in braille or large print if this is of use to your child.
Just be aware that Father Christmas is very busy at this time of year. While he tries to write back, it can’t be fully guaranteed, but he’ll do his best.
RNIB – for blind and partially sighted children
If your child has a visual impairment, the elves helpers at RNIB are also supporting with letters in different formats.
Write a letter as you normally would and send it to RNIB along with an application form from their website.
The form will give you a chance to specify which format you want the reply in:
- English or Welsh
- Braille – uncontracted
- Braille – contracted
- Large print – please specify font size
- Audio CD
- Email (16 point attachment)
Please send the child’s letter and completed application form to:
Letters must be sent to them before Saturday 1 December 2018 to give Father Christmas a chance to read the letter and reply.
You can also email the letter to [email protected] and receive the reply via email.
Email letter requests must be received by Friday 14 December 2018.
As it’s the season of giving, they would accept a donation, but don’t feel you need to if money is really tight.
Portable North Pole
If you’d prefer a video then you have options too.
While it hasn’t launched this season as yet, the Portable North Pole gives you a personalised video for free.
There are paid options but you don’t need to do them to get the full magic.
We’ve used them for years and it really makes it feel that Christmas has started early.
Happy Christmas 🙂
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.