Hello Boys and Girls,

My name is Kris Kringle and I am Santa Claus. I’m writing this letter to all of you to let you know that I am real; I am coming to your house this Christmas, and I am watching to make sure you are nice and not naughty. No matter where you are or what kind of home you live in, Santa will be there for you on Christmas Eve to bring you the gifts you want, need, and deserve. Are you being good? Are you respecting your Mom, Dad, and others who are taking care of you? Santa can see what you do, you know.

In answer to some of your questions, Santa is very old, but I feel very young at Christmas time. I first started giving gifts to children a long time ago when my beard was still red and the world moved much slower. There were no cars back then, or computers, or airplanes, so my sleigh was the only vehicle in the sky. These days I have to be careful when I’m flying, but my reindeer manage to get me where I need to go.

Yes, I have nine flying reindeer. Their names are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and … you guessed it … Rudolph. I don’t know why they always leave him out. Even if it’s a clear night I still add him to the team every Christmas. He’s part of the family, just like all the elves and Mrs. Claus. We’ve all been together for centuries now so no one gets left out when we celebrate our favorite holiday.

I’ve had a number of other helpers throughout the years going all the way back to the three wise men who brought a special child gifts on the very first Christmas night. Basil of Caesaria, who many call St. Basil, helped in the 3rd Century by giving presents to the poor. St. Nicholas took over the practice after Basil and became known to the Dutch as Sinterklaas, the origin of my title. Was he Santa Claus? Yes and No. He, like so many others, carried the Christmas spirit to others, as I hope you children do.

Every man or woman who wears a white beard and red suit at Christmas time is one of Santa’s helpers. Your Mom and Dad, stepparents, older brothers and sisters, and teachers are all Santa’s helpers. They help me, the one and only real Santa Claus, make choices about which children get nice presents at Christmas time and which do not. So be nice to them, be nice to each other, and you’ll have a Merry Christmas. Want to know more? Write to me. I have a lot of free time between Christmases.

Love and Happiness to All of You,

Kris Kringle

Santa Claus

Letter # 1

Hi [name],

In answer to your question, yes we do have the toy you asked me for, but I need to know that you’re being good if you want to see it under the Christmas tree this year. Have you been listening to your Mom when she asks you to put away your toys? You know, when I bring you presents at Christmas each year I like to know that you’re going to take care of them. Part of doing that is putting toys away when you’re done playing with them. You should do that on your own without Mom asking you.

I do hear you’re doing well in school. Santa likes that. Boys and girls need to study so they grow up to be smart and get good jobs. Pay attention to your teachers. They’re some of Santa’s best helpers and I listen to what they tell me about your behavior in school. I’m sure, if you’re getting the grades you’re getting, that your behavior must be good too. Are you getting along okay with all the other boys and girls?

Continue to get good grades and start listening better when your Mom asks you to do things. Do all of that and Santa will bring you a nice gift for Christmas. Ask me for what you really want. Don’t be shy, but don’t be greedy either. Santa has a lot of children to bring presents to this year. I know about this toy, but what else do you want for Christmas? Write it down on a piece of paper and give it to Mom. She’ll give it to me.

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 2

Hi [name],

Your Daddy tells me that you are just the best little girl in the world. I have to believe him because you know Daddy’s never wrong. Yours is one of Santa’s best helpers. Did you know that? I bet you didn’t. Parents have a pact with Santa Claus. A pact is like a special secret that only they and I know about. I’m telling you because, well, your daddy tells me you’re special, so I think it’s okay to share the secret with you. Don’t tell anyone else though, okay? We’ll just keep it between you, Daddy, and Santa.

What would you like for Christmas, Angel? Can I call you “Angel”? You know, that figure on the top of the Christmas tree can be an angel, or a star, or a special ornament, as long as it’s lit up. Did you know its the light at the top of the Christmas tree that tells me where all the good little boys and girls are to bring Christmas gifts to? Will your Christmas tree be lit up so Santa Claus can find you this year?

Santa has a busy night ahead on Christmas Eve but I’m certain that I will be stopping at your house early, so make sure you go to bed on time. When you wake up Christmas morning there will be wonderful presents under the tree for you because your Daddy and your teachers at school told me you are just great. Keep up the good work.

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 3

Hi [name],

I heard a rumor that you don’t believe there’s a Santa Claus. That really hurts my feelings because I work hard all year to bring boys and girls like you presents and holiday cheer around the holidays. Sure, I know things have not been easy for you, but don’t give up believing in the one person who can make your Christmas a little brighter. I’d really like to see you smile again. It’s been a while.

You might have seen the stories of Scrooge or the Grinch on TV so you know what happens to those who don’t believe in Santa Claus or the spirit of Christmas. You don’t want to end up like either of them, do you? Here’s an idea. Why don’t you, for just a minute, pretend that you believe and tell me what you want for Christmas. You’d be surprised at what a jolly old fat man can come up with when challenged.

There’s that smile. It’s going to be okay Jimmy. I know it doesn’t feel that way right now, but there’s still lots of joy and happiness in store for you as life goes on. You are special and Santa cares about you, even when you don’t believe in me. Just give me a chance to show you, Christmas is a special time when miracles happen. Open your mind and heart to that and you will believe in Santa Claus. I do.

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 4

Hello [name],

Of course Santa knows how to find your new home. And don’t worry that it’s an apartment building with no chimney. Don’t you know that Santa Claus has magic to get him into any home? Your Mommy and Daddy know. That’s why they tell you to go to bed early on Christmas Eve. If you’re awake when I come Santa’s magic won’t work, so make sure you scurry off to bed when you’re told.

I know what you want for Christmas and I’m happy with the way you listen to your parents at home, but I’d really like to see you do better in school. Are you trying as hard as you possible can? Tell Santa the truth now. I think you can maybe push a little harder and get those grades up. Do it before Christmas and there will be a special gift under the tree for you. Do the very best you can and Santa will always take care of you.

Can I tell you a secret? Our advanced weather forecast available only here at the North Pole is telling us it’s going to be a cloudy night on Christmas Eve. You know what that means. Rudolph will have his nose lit up bright, leading the way to your apartment and all the others apartments and homes of children around the world. Are you excited? I am. Christmas, as you might guess, is my favorite time of year.

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 5

Hi [name],

You know that you are one of my favorite children, but you’re really pushing the limits this year. Do you really think it’s okay to talk back to your Mom like that? You know that she loves you and works hard to make sure you have the best of everything. Santa doesn’t like it when you take her for granted and give her a hard time. I think you should go to her right now, give her a hug, and tell her you love her.

There. That feels better, doesn’t it? Santa loves you too, but I can’t condone any of my children disrespecting their parents. Yes, you’re getting a little older now, but your Mom is one of Santa’s helpers and I need her to help me get through Christmas. There’s a lot of work to do, you know. Moms and Dads, teachers, and all of those nice men and women dressed in Santa Claus suits at the mall help me do my job this time of year.

Tell Santa what you want for Christmas. I’m not so sure I can deliver that new iPhone 5. I’ll have to speak with your Mom about that. There are, however, lots of other cool toys and games you can have fun with on Christmas morning. Tell Santa what will make you happy, or tell Mom and she’ll tell Santa. Between us we’ll make sure your Christmas morning is every bit as happy as it should be.

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 6

Hi [name],

You’re not pouting or crying, are you? You know what the song says, “Santa Claus is coming to town.” I have presents for you, so you need to be good. My list this year is heavily on the “nice” side and you’re on it. Keep it up. I’ve heard rumors you might be slipping a little into naughty mode. Is that true? I hope not. If so, Santa would like you to work on changing your attitude and behaviors. Do it now before its too late.

How does Santa know when you’re naughty or nice? That’s easy. I have parents, teachers, and many, many helpers checking in with me to give reports on children’s behaviors and actions. Children who start trouble in school or don’t listen to their parents make the “naughty” list. You’re still on the nice list for now, but you need to do better if you’re going to stay there. Will you do that for Santa?

Christmas is going to be so special this year, Darryl. Santa has spoken with your Mom and Dad and I know what you want to see under the tree this year. You’ll need to be a lot nicer to your brothers and sisters if you want to see it there. I know you can do that. Santa Claus believes in you as much as you believe in me. Do your part and I’ll be sure to bring you what you want on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 7

Hi [name],

I know you miss your old friends, but the new neighborhood isn’t so bad. I come there every Christmas and the cookies are always pretty good. The Christmas lights on all the houses make it really easy to find too. I’m sure with that much holiday cheer you should make new friends in no time. I can tell you there are lots of children on the “nice” list in your new neighborhood. I’m thinking you probably know who they are by now.

You’re doing great in the new school. Santa knows that it’s hard to be the “new kid”. My family moved around a lot when I was a child too and the other kids thought I was just plain weird. My friend Rudolph (the reindeer) was actually forced to leave his family because other reindeers wouldn’t let him play with them. Today, he and I deliver presents to children all over the world. I guess they were all wrong about us, weren’t they? Don’t be afraid to be different Jade. It’s what makes all of us special.

Santa likes you just the way you are and I have faith that you’ll find new friends in the new neighborhood who will like you too. I’ll bring you something nice for Christmas that you can invite your new friends over to play with. Do you have any ideas about what that can be? Tell Santa with a letter. Write it all down and give it to Mom. She’ll get it to me. Your Mom is one of Santa’s best helpers. Give her a hug for me, okay?

Merry Christmas,

Santa

Letter # 8

Hi [name],

I know that all you want for Christmas is for your Dad to come home from the army, but unfortunately Santa cannot give you that gift. Your Daddy is a hero and we all hope he will come home soon. This Christmas, we’re all going to work really hard to spread the word about peace on earth and goodwill towards each other. Can you help us do that Jose? If the world is at peace, everyone’s Daddy can be home for Christmas.

My dad was a toymaker. Did you know that? He made the most wonderful toys for all the children in our town and gave them away for free. We didn’t need to make money because everyone in our village shared what they had. This is where I learned the true meaning of Christmas. It’s about giving something special to someone special, without expecting something in return. Have you given your mom a hug today? She misses your Dad too and I’m thinking she could use one.

Santa Claus will be there on Christmas Eve. I know that I’m a poor substitute for your father, but I will visit him too and let him know that his son is thinking about him on Christmas morning. I’ll also spread the word that peace is better, because we all want to see our Dads home by the Christmas tree this year.

Merry Christmas,

Santa