121417 Dear Santa: Students share tips on writing to St. Nick
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Missy Keller’s second-grade class at Waccamaw Elementary School.

Dear Santa: Students share tips on writing to St. Nick

By Emily Topper
Coastal Observer

Whether he’s called Kris Kringle, Father Christmas or Old Saint Nick, writing letters to Santa Claus is a tradition that millions of children across the globe participate in each year. With their letters sent off to the North Pole, Missy Keller’s second-grade students at Waccamaw Elementary School are sharing their writing tips for everyone sending Santa a Christmas wish list.

“A good tip is to always make sure you have an opening, like Dear Santa or Dear Saint Nick,” Jessica Guedjo said. “And you want to have a signature at the end, like love or sincerely. You should also have a closing and put the date on it.”

While the students agreed that telling Santa what they wanted for Christmas was important, they emphasized that proper etiquette shouldn’t be ignored.

“You should ask him how he’s doing, if he’s doing good,” Thomas Law Cannon said. “You should also ask if he wants a present from us that we could give him.”

“I asked him how elves were doing, because I love him,” Anna Altman added.

Some students hoped to get a response from Santa about his Christmas activities, including North Pole operations.

“You should ask him questions,” Addie Nelson said. “How many elves do you have? How many toys do you have to make?”

Students said that once they found out if they were on the naughty or nice list, they asked Santa for the main gifts they had wished for all year. Sending more than one letter, they said, was perfectly acceptable.

“When I wrote a letter at my house, I made it really long,” Thomas said. “When I wrote it here, I forgot some stuff so I put it in this letter. My house letter was two whole pages of notebook paper.”

Some students thought it was only fair to put a cap on the number of presents they asked for from Santa.

“My mom says to only number them one through 10, and then you see what you get out of the 10,” Kayleb Smart said.

Because Santa Claus hears from so many kids, Keller’s second graders said letters should show excitement and gratitude.

“I think to make yours a good story, you need exclamation marks and a good introduction,” Nora Coppola said. “You need to write some questions and you also have to not ask for all your stuff. If you ask for all of it, you’re probably not going to get all of it.”

Keller’s students said they did three drafts of their letters to Santa before they were put in the mail. At home, students said they helped their younger siblings and relatives with their letters. Keller said the exercise helped her students with skills they’ve been working on all year.

“It teaches them letter-writing skills and handwriting,” Keller said. “They worked very hard to write neatly. I told them to make sure to ask questions and to have the heading, the greeting and the body.”

Though students differed on how to sign off their letters, all agreed that a closing sentence was needed.

“At the end, you have to have a closing,” Matt Robinson said. “It can be, ‘Bye Santa, have a good night,’ or something like ‘Bye Santa, I love you.”

Keller’s students were sure that the North Pole was still accepting letters to Santa. Children who haven’t mailed their letters yet are encouraged to send them to Santa Claus, North Pole.

And the return address? It isn’t necessary. The students say that Santa is always watching and knows how to reply.

Here are their letters:

Dear Santa,

How are you? I am good. I want a horse for Christmas.

Love,

Bella

I love you!

Dear Santa,

How are your reindeer? I want a groon. I want a remote control truck. I want a hover board. How are you? I love you so so much! I love toys! I am a good kid.

Love,

De

Dear Saint Nick,

My name is Addie. I’m seven years old. How old are you? How many elf’s do you have? You must have a lot! Let me tell you some things I want for Cristmas. I want an American girl doll, OL DOLLS, Lil sisters, pets, American Girl Bed, American Girl Doll Clothes (that fit), candy canes, stuffed animal unicorn like my sister, stuff elf on the shelf.

Sincerely,

Addie

Dear Saint Nick,

I know you are always busy and stuff, and you do deliver us presents, but who thought of the idea of you? When were you born? Why do you have so many nicknames for you? And most of al, are you even real? Is Ho-Ho real? I hope he is. I have been a very excellent phenominal awesome student, and I wish for new and more candy canes for my brother and my family. I hope you have a good year and I hpe you and Ho-Ho have a good rest of the year and I have a lot of stuff on my mind for next year.

Your favorite child

(I think),

Jessica

Dear Santa Claus,

Is the north pole cold? Are the elves that make the toys small? What I want for Christmas is purple hair spray, a bigger version of a not real pony, but almost real pony or you could get me a miniature horse. I love pony’s! OK more about my questions? Are you really magi? I have been a very good girl if you don’t believe me Ho-Ho will tell you. Oh and do you know Fin. He’s my elf. I love you Santa.

Love,

Allison

Dear Santa Claus,

Hi Santa! Are you doing good? I been a good boy this year. Santa, guess what I want, a drone. One that is little. I have an elf. Her name is Ho-Ho. It is a good elf. She sees everything! I’m sorry for all of the bad things I did. Santa, you are a good man to me and my friend and to my brother.

Love,

Matt

Can I get moon shoes and a bike? I want a WWE 18 Playstation 3.

Dear Santa,

I want a nerf gun, a phone. Oh yeah, how are you doing? OK. Back on track. I want a game called Sonic versus the Black Knight. And most of all I want snow.

From,

Aldan

Dear Santa Claus,

I have been a very good girl lately. For Christmas, I want a diary with a lock. Oh and how is Mash my elf? How are the reindeer? For Christmas I want a pet hamster for myself. Oh I forgot, tell Mash to pick up the letter at our house.

Love,

Anna Louise

Dear Santa,

I have been very good boy. Hey, have you ever pass your job? How do your elfs stay still so long? Hey Santa, I would like Lazer X imaginex batman. Imaginex serpint sterik. The real cotton candy maker.

Love,

Kayleb

Dear Santa,

I have been very good boy. How have you been? I want a hover board and drone and a one wheel. Have a good Christmas. We love Ho-Ho.

Love,

Thomas Law

Dear Santa,

Christmas is coming soon. Ho-Ho is watching us. I know you bring him last Friday. He is a good boy. You are good too but Santa write me back please. I have two sisters. My sister is five years old. When Christmas comes I’ll get presents. I want a toy monster truck.

By,

GD

Dear Santa,

Am I a bad boy or a good boy? Please tell me, Santa. I think I’m a good boy. I just do not know. Ho-Ho has been OK. Can you send another elf please. Santa, oh yeah, can you tell Mrs. Claus to make e some cookies please?

Love,

Ashton

Dear Santa,

My elf, Candy Cane, was watching me at home and my mom said I was good this year and extra sweet girl. For Christmas I want Magic Track, Elmo stuffed animal, Barbie dream house. Christmas Eve when you come I will have Blueberry muffins on the table for you. Could you please bring Ms. Claus with you? I’ve been waiting to see her. Santa Claus could please give me a call. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and I hope all your Christmas wishes come true and tell all of the elves and Candy Cane to have a Merry Christmas.

Love,

Taeleigha

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good boy this year. How are your reindeer? I want a dirt bike for Christmas. How are you doing? I want a red guitar for Christmas. How is Mrs. Claus? I want a drum set for Christmas. And that’s what I want for Christmas.

Love,

Ty

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good boy this year. How many elves do you have? For Christmas I want a crazy cart an recar a slime kit a Walmart toy truck, light blue and black Lebron shoes, board games, a PS4 with controllers. Merry Christmas Santa!

Love,

Braden

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl. I want to thank you for all that you do and the happiness you bring to kids in need of toys. I have a few questions for you, more like five to ten questions. And also please tell me my elves names or can my family name my elf? Ok my questions, Can I touch my elf’s clothes? Do your reindeer really fly? Do you have a wife, a real one? I do not want as much as my brother. Yeah! My brother wants apack of stuff and folded it up and put it in a bag. As I was saying, I do not want as much as my older brother, but I do want something. My parents say a $100 dollars so I want a science kit and that is all.

Love,

Nora

Dear Santa,

I have been very good this year. How are the reindeer doing? I can prove that I have been doing a lot of good things this year because I am going to set carrots on a plate and of course cookies too. This is what I would like for Christmas. First, I would like a doll named Camill and I want all of the other presents. I want it to be a secret.

Love,

Victoria

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