Believe it or not, November 8-14 is "Dear Santa Letter Week," a somewhat recent and mostly unofficial kick-off to the upcoming holiday season. Its newness and obscurity is evidenced by its meager google search results.
The annual tradition of writing a letter to Santa is a wonderful opportunity to begin the family holiday celebrations - parents reviewing and selecting holiday activities as children sit at the table or computer composing lists of gifts they hope the jolly old elf will leave under the tree.
Virginia O'Hanlon likely composed the most well-known letter to Santa in 1897. The letter appeared in the New York Sun, with the response, "Yes, Virginia, there is!"
Children in the 21st century have many resources available to them to assist with their letter writing. When the kids whine, "I don't know what to write!," you can refer them to this website with some great how to write a letter to Santa tips. Kids can find letter writing templates at Family Fun.
Many local and online resources provide "Letters to Santa" services, including The City of Medford Community Services Department. Letters can be dropped off at the North Pole Mail Box at the Santo Community Center or mailed to:
Medford Parks & Recreation
701 N Columbus Ave.
Medford OR 97501
Mail the letter with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. To receive a response from Santa himself, letters must be received by December 10, 2010.
For more information, refer to page 29 in the City of Medford Fall 2010 Community Services Guide.