And, it’s not about getting their wishlists in, because they seemed rather confused about Santa in connection with presents until this year when it finally clicked. For years they would come up with random Santa lists or reply that they didn’t know what Santa would want for Christmas and we just thought it was cute. For my daughter, her love of Santa is about the tradition of it, but for my son, it’s about having one on one attention so he can study Santa and ask any questions.
So, when I heard about Sealed By Santa, I knew it was perfect for helping keep the magic going throughout the holiday season. We decided on the Deluxe pack for both kids because it included everything we were most excited about including a letter from Santa, a “nice list” certificate, Mrs. Claus and Santa's favorite sugar cookie recipe, a video and phone call from Santa, reindeer food and a signed postcard from Santa. Once that was decided, I got to work personalizing the letters for each kid. With 17 different personalization items in easy to fill in boxes, the process is incredibly easy and just took a few minutes to fill in completely. I actually found it really fun to do as I got to include different special things I knew the kids would be most excited about and customize the experience.
Since I was ordering two letters so each child could have one to open and wanted to go with the same paper design, I ended up going the custom letter route. I changed up quite a bit in the letters beyond the names, wishlist, and accomplishments, including taking out food mentioned that I knew my kids didn’t like or excluding my daughter’s wishlist entirely since she was wavering on what she was going to ask for and I didn’t want to decide for her.
And, when the first letter arrived in the mail, I was so excited about the quality of the kit. The Santa letter is printed on parchment paper and individually burned around the edges to give it an authentic old feel, and then finished with a real wax seal.
Note: the letters are sent separately for each child, which I didn’t realize and made the mistake of getting the mail with them where they saw a bright and shiny letter and knew right away it was something special. My daughter was so disappointed when only her brother had a letter from Santa, so next time I would keep them from the mailbox around the holidays and wait until both letters arrived before showing the kids. But, all was forgotten when the second letter arrived and both kids happily displayed their “nice list” certificates on our wall. They loved the letter, the special red seal, the postcard, and they are dying to use the reindeer food to sprinkle out on Christmas Eve, so I would call it a big success.
The only thing I would change about the experience is that I wish I would have done more to make the Santa letters different. Since the letters are both fill in the blank and have the same wording it seemed weird to read them aloud to the kids and hear so many similarities. I had thought I had customized quite a bit by removing whole lines and changing wording here and there, but I really should have written a whole new letter to make the experience seem that much more magical. If you have more than one child and ordering more than one Sealed By Santa kit, keep that in mind and plan on doing a fair share of customizing.
While the date for ordering your Sealed By Santa letter with the official North Pole postmark has passed, there’s still time to order your foil wrapped Deluxe kit or letter in time for the holidays. And, as a bonus, you can still get free shipping with all Santa Letters!
You can fiind out more and order at sealedbysanta.com.