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The St. Charles Park District's 'Letters from the North Pole' brings out the Christmas spirit

Portrait of the Real Santa Claus writing a letter
Portrait of the Real Santa Claus writing a letter

Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a letter with their name on it, postmarked from the North Pole. Can you picture the joy in their eyes and the magic of the season come alive?

Make it a reality with a few easy steps by registering for a personalized letter from Santa through the St. Charles Park District.

Register online or in person at Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. The fee is $3 per letter for residents and $5 per letter for nonresidents.

After registering, fill out Santa’s Check List Form, available online or at Pottawatomie, to answer questions about your child. Write about a special accomplishment, what your child can improve upon and/or what’s on their wish list. The form is required to receive a personalized letter from St. Nick himself.

Then, send the form between Nov. 22 and Dec. 9 via the mail or in Santa’s mailbox at Pottawatomie. Letters from Santa will arrive in your mailbox within two weeks.

Sending a Christmas letter from your child with the form is optional, but Early Childhood Supervisor Kara Guizzetti-Reif encourages residents to make it a family activity.

“Writing a letter to Santa teaches so much in one sitting,” Guizzetti-Reif said. “Children learn how to write a friendly letter, to inquire about the reader, and to encourage their reader. It enables children to make a lot of age-appropriate decisions such as if the note should include a letter, a picture or both; what good deeds should be shared with Santa; and of course, what items should go on the wish list. “

The "Letter from the North Pole" program began about five years ago and has increased in popularity ever since. Each year, Santa writes more than 100 letters. This year, he is preparing to mail out even more.

“This kind of tradition is especially important today, because in a world where technology reigns, receiving a good old-fashioned letter in the mail is just magical,” Guizzetti-Reif said.

Register at www.stcparks.org. If you are sending the form in a sealed envelope via mail, address it to: Santa Claus, Letter From the North Pole, St. Charles Park District, 8 North Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174. For more information, call Kara Guizzetti-Reif at 630-513-4326.

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