Santa's message to kids: Get your letters in early

AUSTRALIA Post is encouraging children across South Queensland to post their Santa Mail nice and early to ensure the jolly man in the big red suit has time to reply before he packs up his sleigh and comes to town.

More than 100,000 letters from young Australians including children from South Queensland were sent to the North Pole last year.

With just over a month to go until Christmas, Australia Post is again preparing to deliver thousands of letters to Santa expected from Aussie kids this year.

To ensure Santa reads and responds to your letter, simply put your wish lists in the post addressed to Santa, North Pole, 9999.

Be sure to clearly write your full name and address, along with a stamped envelope so Santa knows where to send his reply.

Letters mailed before Christmas will receive a response direct from the North Pole.

Australia Post executive general manager Christine Corbett encouraged children to send their letters early to ensure they receive a response from Santa before Christmas Day.

"Each year, Santa receives thousands of letters from children across Australia with requests for all sorts of Christmas gifts including the latest toys and games," she said. 

"With so many good boys and girls in South Queensland this year, Australia Post is expecting to send even more letters to the North Pole this Christmas, so be sure to get yours in the mail as soon as possible so Santa has plenty of time to write back.

"Writing a letter to Santa is easy and fun. It is a good way for children to learn and practice their letter writing skills. If you get stuck or need help with writing your letter, Australia Post has some tips on our website, as well as decorative letter writing templates you can print from home. You could also tell your teacher about Santa Mail and get your whole class to write letters together."

Santa Mail letters can be placed in any Australia Post red post box or in-store at selected post offices.

For more information including a range of fun Christmas activities, games, puzzles and educational resources for the holidays, including tips on letter writing, visit Australia Post's Santa Mail website.

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