Like everyone else, the jolly man in red will be finalising his Christmas plans early this year so Australia Post Lane Cove and Greenwich are calling on kids to let him know they’ve been nice before he checks his list for that all important second time.
Australia Post is once again helping to connect children directly with their number one hero via the much-loved tradition, Santa Mail and the precious letters will want to be sent early this year, so he has plenty of time to reply before Christmas Eve!
Last year, 120,000 children wrote to the North Pole to let Santa know what presents they hoped to see under the tree.
Australia Post’s General Manager Post Office Network David McNamara said the postal service is doing everything it can this year to help Australians have the best possible Christmas and is looking forward to getting children and families into the festive spirit.
“Santa Mail is one of those Australian traditions that families look forward to every year and it helps add a little touch of excitement at this magical time,” he said.
“It’s also the perfect activity to encourage children to think about all the things that make them happy and practice their literacy skills by putting pencil to paper expressing what they are hoping for.
“We want to give Santa time to respond to every letter, so we’re encouraging children and families to aim to get their letters in nice and early. You can also visit the Santa Mail website for helpful templates, and to keep an eye on your letter’s progress with our Santa Mail Tracker.”
How Does It Work?
To take part, letters should be addressed to Santa, North Pole 9999 with a 65c Christmas stamp on the front of the envelope and your name and return address on the back, 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 red street posting box, or a dedicated Santa Mail box inside the Post Office (there is also one outside the Greenwich Post Office), and families are encouraged to post letters before Thursday 26 November, so Santa can reply before loading up his sleigh.
This year, Australia Post has also expanded Santa Mail with a new Santa letter kit available for $9.95. This includes an extra special response from Santa, stickers, bookmark and a 32-page activity book that will keep children entertained for hours with puzzles, a word find and many more activities.
For further information on Santa Mail, including how to take part, letter writing tips, and the Santa Mail Tracker please visit auspost.com.au/santamail.
Lane Cove Post Office
The Lane Cove Post office opening hours are here. Since COVID19 they have not been opening on a Saturday morning but will reopen for Saturdays on 5th December 2020. Greenwich Post Office is open on a Saturday morning.
Post Early for Christmas
If you are sending gifts overseas or interstate, make sure you send your packages as soon as possible, with COVID19 restrictions mail is taking much longer to reach its destination. Further details here.
If you are expecting mail, there will also be a delay as Lane Cove posties now only come every second day.
Below is a gift-wrapped item using gum trees and a recycled paper bag by Vivienne Anthon, Australia’s Gift Wrapping Expert and ITC’s sister.