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Peppa’s Christmas Post – Christmas book review

Peppa’s Christmas Post

Ladybird, United Kingdom, 28 September 2016Cover of the book Peppa's Christmas Post

Age group:

pre-school

Size/format:

hard cover, 48 pages with 6 envelopes and surprises

Looking like the Jolly Postman books, I couldn’t resist getting this as a Christmas gift for a young friend…

The story

Mummy and Daddy Pig have to stay in bed, so Peppa and George prepare for Christmas with their Grandparents.

My review

I suspect that any Peppa lovers will adore this Christmas book!

While toddlers may be the prime target for Peppa, this book is not a board book and could easily be damaged by eager little hands. It also has a fair bit of text on each page so may be too long to be read fully to younger children. Inner pages of Peppa's Christmas Post

Peppa and George have fun with Granny and Grandpa Pig as they bake, decorate, make and write. Each page is followed by an envelope containing something special and no only relevant to the story, but sometimes telling part of the story. The book is bright and colourful, showing genuine Pig family characters and a happy Santa Claus.

Everything is wrapped up nicely at the end of the book, with the children being acknowledged for their help and reminded to write thank you letters to Santa as he loves getting mail.

I am a little torn about the interactive parts of this book. A couple of them are not just letters to read, but once you make use of them, they are no longer part of the book. For instance, a page of cut out decorations is cute but once you have separated them and hang them up will they ever get back into the book? And a blank template for writing to Santa is lovely but only can be used once! So they are fun but limited uses. post coming out of an envelope in teh book Peppa's Christmas Post

My favourite part is Peppa being so excited about getting a personalised letter from Santa?

Christmas is almost here, but it’s not too late!

Images of chldren and teens enjoying a letter from Love Santa

Children of all ages enjoy getting mail and finding a Love Santa letter addressed to them

With only days to go, do you feel ready for Christmas?

Perhaps you were hoping to arrange a Santa letter for someone special but have just realised Christmas is almost here and you’ve not done it? It’s easy to let it slip with all the things that need doing at this time of year, but it is disappointing for any child to miss out.

Maybe you weren’t sure of the details to let us personalise a letter for the special child(ren) in your life, so kept putting it off until now it feels too late.

Love Santa letters are still available!

Well, you’re in luck! It IS too late to send anything via Australia Post before Christmas and a bit too close for use to write personalised letters at this stage.

However, we have prepared a non-personalised Love Santa letter for Aussie and Kiwi children that you can print off for them – pop it in an envelope in the letter box, hang it from the Christmas tree or have it sticking out of a stocking hung by the chimney, or any other creative presentation you think of!

Last minute Love Santa letters

Professionally written like all our letters, the non-personalised letter also refers to a warm Christmas and the boomers, and of course includes a craft idea and recipe for a Santa snack. We write a new letter every year (but you can still grab the non-personalised letters from 2012 and 2013 as well if you want three different letters – contact us for more than three!)

The more magic we can give children for Christmas, the better! (Did you know that Michael Grose believes Christmas magic is even more important for children than ever in this information age?)

Simply click on the button below to arrange for your downloadable Santa letter, and have a Merry Christmas!

Love Santa letters at the last minute

The lead up to Christmas can be mighty busy so it’s easy to see how you could leave ordering a Santa letter a bit late!

But if you have a tradition of Santa letters or just want the excitement and delight for a child in your life, it can be very disappointing or even upsetting to realise it’s too late for a letter to be delivered.

Or maybe you don’t want to use the wrong details in a personalised letter and feel safer with something simpler.

Either way, we want to help!

Scrapbook pages of Love Santa letters

Love Santa letters in a scrapbook make a lovely reminder of childhood

We have prepared a non-personalised Love Santa letter for Aussie and Kiwi children that you can print off for them – pop it in an envelope in the letter box, hang it from the Christmas tree or have it sticking out of a stocking hung by the chimney.

Like our personalised letters, these are professionally written, include a craft and a snack for Santa recipe and have an Australian feel. And each year has a different look and different words (but we’ve updated the year on last year’s as well if you want two different letters – contact us for more than two!)

To get a 2013 non-personalised letter is easy – just click on the button below and follow the instructions 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Quality Santa letters written with love

Yesterday I wrote about Santa asking me to help him write letters to Australian children each Christmas.

As it is an honour to write to children on Santa’s behalf, and a responsibility to give those children a special message, I put a lot of care and love into all the letters we write.

General principles of Love Santa letters

Every Love Santa letter (including our non-personalised self-print options) is written to meet the following aims:

Love Santa letter makes boy smile

Making each child smile is what we aim to do

  1. it is positive and makes the child feel happy
  2. acknowledge the good things children do, ann encourage them doing more good things
  3. be truly personal so the child knows the letter is for him or her
  4. includes references to Australia and a warm Christmas so the child can relate to what they are reading
  5. indirectly teach children basic letter writing skills

Making Love Santa letters personalised

There are a number of ways I strive to make each child feel special, but it mostly comes down to spending the time editing each letter just before it is printed and mailed to be sure it is just right.

Every Love Santa letter

  1. is mailed in its own envelope so the child has the pleasure of opening a letter addressed to him or herself
  2. starts with their first name
  3. is often adjusted to suit the child’s age or good deeds
  4. includes some good deeds done by that child during the last year. Good deeds are always written in a positive tone, too, to build self-esteem. So, for example, I write ‘being independant’ rather than ‘not being so clingy’, ‘learning to play nicely’ rather than ‘not always fighting’, and ‘trying your best at maths’ instead of ‘not failing maths’
  5. is checked to be different from siblings’ letters, and often is adjusted to include a sibling’s name

To share in this fun part of Christmas, request a Love Santa letter so your kids can experience their own personalised letter – and look out for some ordering tips in tomorrow’s blog post.

The honour of helping Santa

A few people have asked lately how I came to be writing Santa letters so here’s my story…

I am a professional writer and I love writing and reading.

I am also a Mum, love Christmas and love being positively engaged with the community. Helping other people is just what I do – I think it’s who I am.

Santa writing letters with a quill and ink pot!

No wonder Santa needs help if he still uses a quill to write letters!

Anyway, Santa is an extremely busy man and despite his best intentions, he doesn’t manage to write to all children every year.

So when my daughters were very little, I wrote them a few letters on Santa’s behalf so they could experience to fun of getting letters in the mail and the excitement and self-esteem that comes from being acknowledged by someone special (and who is more special than Santa???)

Santa’s request

Santa was looking for someone to write letters to some of the Australian children he just wasn’t finding time to write to before Christmas.

In 2002, Santa gave me one of the highest honours I think is possible for a writer – he asked me to help him.

I’m not sure if Santa heard about the letters for my daughters or just looked for an Australian writer, but I am proud he asked me and do my very best to live up to his expectations.

Tomorrow, I will post a bit about how I manage  writing these special letters.

If you have questions about Love Santa letters or my story, please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer you:) Note I won’t give away any secrets though, so don’t ask  how you can stay awake to see Santa or how he knows if you’ve been bad or good…

 

Print a non-personalised Love Santa letter

A range of Love Santa lettersLove the idea of arranging a Santa letter for someone special but left it until Christmas is almost here? It’s easy to do with all the things that need doing at this time of year, but it is disappointing for any child to miss out.

Maybe you just aren’t sure of the details to let us personalise a letter for the special child(ren) in your life?

We have prepared a non-personalised Love Santa letter for Aussie and Kiwi children that you can print off for them – pop it in an envelope in the letter box, hang it from the Christmas tree or have it sticking out of a stocking hung by the chimney.

Professionally written like all our letters, the non-personalised letter also refers to a warm Christmas and the boomers, and of course includes a craft idea and recipe for a Santa snack. We write a new letter every year (but last year’s is still available if you want two different letters – contact us for more than two!)

The more magic we can give children for Christmas, the better! (Did you know that Michael Grose believes Christmas magic is even more important for children than ever in this information age?)

Simply click on the button below to arrange for your downloadable Santa letter, and have a Merry Christmas!

Non-personalised letter 2012

  • A letter from Santa to delight any child - professionally written to include details of a warm Christmas and the boomers! girl reading Love Santa letter to baby  

* Note – this letter is dated for 2012. If you would like a previous year’s version to add to a scrapbook or album, please contact us

Sending thank you letters to Santa

Am I the only one who makes my kids write to Santa AFTER Christmas? A few people look at me strangely when I’ve said my kids always write thank you letters to Santa.

I just think it is good manners and teaches them respect. Thank you notes to Santa are in some ways more important than other thank you notes because he doesn’t hand you the present to get even a cursory ‘thanks’.

My expectations of the letter have changed over time (as my kids get older they are capable of more of course) – I wrote the first few with their input but now I let them write their own letters and am pleased to say they do it pretty well.

Writing two letters a year isn’t a big ask, especially given how much Santa does for us!, and is much better than just writing one letter all about what you want! Do you have any other relationships in your life where that would work well?

This year we made the thank letters part of our Boxing day – it is a quiet day at home, exploring new things and tidying away wrapping paper, etc so it seems like a good time to write those letters.

But seriously, does no one else do this???

You really mean personalised!

In the past, I’ve organised some Santa letters for my kids – they liked them so we’ve done it every year. Last night we opened our Love Santa letters and the difference is incredible.

It’s not just that there is the little surprise added, stickers on the envelopes and the craft and recipe ideas are a great idea. Having different letters for each child was a nice change (yet so important for realism to my thinking).

But what really blew us away was the obvious fact each letter is adjusted for the child. You changed the good deed wording I typed to actually fit the letter wording and added lovely comments that could only have been done manually – a truly personalised letter that made my son stand up straight and feel proud of his achievements this year.

Scrapbook pages of Love Santa letters

Love Santa letters make great scrapbooking pages

I’ve let the kids play with previous letters and never had any desire to keep one. This year’s letters are going in their scrapbooks – and so will next year’s!

Thank you for a wonderful addition to our Christmas celebrations – and this blog of people’s stories and traditions is heart warming.

Good deeds you can do

Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake…Santa checking his list for who's naughty or nice

Sometimes wanting to be good isn’t enough – you need some ideas on how to be good and do good deeds that people (including Santa) will appreciate. So we’re adding to last year’s list of good deeds suggestions – including some from this year’s list of good deeds Santa is including in his letters to Aussie children.

  1. don’t wake anyone up during the night unless it’s really important – usually rolling over and going back to sleep is easier for everyone
  2. helping with keeping the house tidy and clean
  3. keeping your bedroom clean and tidy
  4. doing nice things for Mum and Dad – like giving foot rubs, making fresh orange juice, brushing hair and finding their keys
  5. being brave about seeing a doctor or dentist
  6. dressing yourself – especially if you do it quickly and without a fuss
  7. using good manners, such as saying please and thank you
  8. giving lots of cuddles and kisses to Mum and Dad, and other people
  9. doing your best at sport and in classes
What good deeds do you think Santa has noticed about you this year?

manual North Pole postmarks

The postmarking machine at the North Pole has stopped working, just when they have the most letters to mail across the world!Christmas envelope and letters form the North Pole

While repairs or an alternative is being worked on, every letter will be manually processed and an Elf written postmark will be used to ensure the mail is not delayed. Maybe these hand marked envelopes will become collectors items and treasured more highly than the usual postmarks!

What’s the craft?

Any chance you could give us a hint of what craft activity Santa will send out this year? I want to make sure I have all the stuff on hand becuase my daughter want to make it as soon as she finished reading her letter!

Writing to Santa – help is at hand!

One of the pleasures for many children in the lead up to Christmas is writing a letter to Santa. There is something very special about actually writing your own letter and of course there is the hope of getting what you asked for!

Yet many people struggle with writing letters (how do I start, what can I say, etc) so we’ve added a template to our site to make it easier.

child using a Love Santa letter template

Free to use, our Dear Santa template can be printed off and used to write a well structured letter to Santa, or just use the text and write out your own letter altogether.

By using this template, children can write to Santa and include more than a list of gifts they want – it teaches them to show interest in others and end a letter gracefully. The template (like Love Santa letters) also encourages children to recognise their achievements and be proud of them.

So, please feel free to use this template and send Santa some beautiful letters this Christmas!

The Love Santa letter template helps your child send Santa a beautiful letter for Christmas!
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