Santa really? I know that some households do not go into the whole Santa tradition, and honestly we were on the fence for a while. I could go into a long post all about this debate, but that is not what this post is. Since we “do” the Santa thing, one tradition we have had for years is writing a letter to Santa. Easy enough, when they can write. Not so, when they struggle.
Just the thought of writing a sentence is hard for my little ones, but to write a whole letter, NO WAY. It just isn’t going to happen. Does that mean that they can’t take part in this yearly tradition? Of course not. We just have to modify it a bit, just like all their school work. So how do we modify it? Easy.
I give the kids all the sales flyers from the Thanksgiving day paper and they get to go to town cutting out all their wish list items. They glue those coveted items to a sheet of printer paper and write their name on the top of it. Easy as that. I get to see what they really want for Christmas, they have a blast scouring through the flyers, “Santa” gets a letter from them AND they seem to stop asking for things for Christmas. It’s amazing! They get all their wants out and leave it in “Santa’s” hands, which makes the rest of December much more enjoyable for us parents. If that wasn’t enough reason to take part in this tradition, it goes a lot deeper, in a great way.
Once our kids have their list done, we talk envelopes.
- How do you address an envelope?
- Where does a stamp go?
- What is a return address?
- What is the best way to fold your letter?
I make a sample envelope for them to copy and they go to town with their best handwriting, addressing an envelope to Santa. They don’t know it, but they just had an awesome homeschool lesson.
When their envelope is sealed up, we head over to the post office to deliver their letters. The blue bin they have walked past all year-long on our outing to the post office, they finally get to use. How they love to open and close the bin door. Each time they open it, peeking inside to see if their letter really did disappear. Such a puzzle. In amazement, almost every year they have sent a letter to Santa, they have received a letter back! Just about as good as an old-fashioned pen-pal, but not quite.
Do you have any Christmas traditions that you are able to tie into your homeschool lessons? Comment below and maybe yours will be featured next Thursday when we talk more about Christmas traditions.
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