Letters to Santa – a tradition since 1891

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This material is about children writing letters to Santa's Swedish adress. You can use the images and captions on social media.

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A child writing a letter to Santa

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Every year, thousands of letters from children around the world are sent to Santa's Swedish address. And everyone who leaves their address gets a reply!

Most letters to Santa include wish lists, but many also come with a drawing. Some of the writing children have even offered to help with Santa's chores if Christmas gets too hectic.

This heartwarming tradition began with the Swedish magazine 'Jultomten' in 1891, where children were encouraged to send in their Christmas wishes. Even after the magazine ceased publication, the letters continued to arrive.

Today, the Swedish postal service company Postnord handles and responds to all letters. Each year, some of the letters are selected and stored at the Postmuseum in Stockholm, where there are around 1,500 letters archived from the 1890s to the present day. The letters come from all over the world and the Postmuseum has letters saved from some 30 countries, including the USA, Japan, Mexico, Kenya and Malaysia.

So what's on the children's wishlists? Despite the fact that it's been over 130 years since the first list reached Santa, the wishes are pretty much the same. Children today still wish for toys, books and pets.

Would you or someone you know like to send a letter to Santa?

The address is the same as it's always been:

Santa  

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