Santa's Christmas promise to kids: every letter will get a reply

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Carefully curating a wish list to Santa is one of the sweetest childhood traditions in the lead up to Christmas. It also provides an informative lifeline to parents keen to get their present shopping sorted.

This year, Australia Post in endeavouring to ensure Santa replies to each and every letter that finds its way to the North Pole. 

The postal service is again running its Santa Mail service, giving kids the chance to argue their case for having been nice this year. 

Last year Santa received more than 120,000 letters from kids across Australia. And to ensure that the big man in the red suit gets a chance to reply to each one between wrapping presents, parents are being asked to ensure letters are sent before November 26.

"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,"  Australia Post's General Manager Post Office Network David McNamara 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."

The Santa Mail website has some handy letter templates, or use the free Essential Kids template. The website also has a Santa Mail Tracker to follow the letter's journey. 

Letters can be posted in any red street posting box or a Santa Mail box in selected Post Offices and can be addressed to: Santa, North Pole 9999. For those wanting a large text reply can send their letters to Santa Mail (large text), North Pole 9999.

Ensure envelopes have a 65c Christmas stamp and your child's name and return address so Santa can send his reply by Christmas Eve.