Found a neat site for the kids. Or is Letter writing better?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
November 20, 2008 2:16pm CST
Are you going to have your kids write to Santa? This is an easy way. I found a free email site. I thought it might be fun for the kids. I'm passing it on. http://www.stnick.com/stnickmail.htm Is letter writing to Santa better?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I'd prefer they write a letter instead of e-mail. I think it's important for kids to work on their writing. They have the rest of their lives to perfect their e-mailing skills. Writing is something they'll probably never do once their older.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
That's soooo true! Isn't it sad that it's becomming a thing of the past to phyically write a letter? I remember not sooooo long ago back in the late 80's when we were given overseas penpals to write to. A couple I wrote to for a few years, one even into adulthood... now days that anticpation of a letter is replaced by e-mails that are recieved same day. Not a letter that was worked on and took a week or a month to get here.... crazy how things have changed & I'm not that old! *LOL*
• United States
22 Jan 09
I agree. I'm not that old either, but I remember having pen pals. I had a couple across the country, and when I was in high school I had one in France. I don't even remember how it started, but I remember bringing his letter into my french class to get my teacher to translate it, lol. Ah, the good ole days.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I think it is a cute idea. Most would probably argue that writing a letter to Santa would be better, but look at it this way Santa will not get paper cuts opening all those letters, kids will not have to worry about their letter getting lost in the mail, and if every child who writes a letter to Santa emailed him instead we could save several trees.
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@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I feel the same way. I never thought about Santa being able to avoid paper cuts this way! :) I also never thought about the letter possibly getting lost in the mail! :) And that is VERY important about saving several trees. I like the way you think! :)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I think this is a great idea! This is a great way for parents and kids to bond over the holidays, by sending an e-mail to St. Nick. The only advantage I can see by using regular mail, is that sometimes in some cities, some of the postal workers will take the letters that are sent to Santa, and actually purchase some of the things on the list.
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• United States
20 Nov 08
I think emailing Santa is okay- but we are a letter writing family (it's an easy way for mom to get a list together, is that awful). I think in this day and age putting a child on a computer to compose an email is a good thing if they are monitored- that is where the world is going and the sooner they learn the better. But I really feel like letter writing is a lost form of art- that to is something children need to learn so have your little one do both. Good luck to you and happy holidays!
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
20 Nov 08
Aww, that is really cute! I think that it is a good idea. Kids are going to be growing up in an electronic, email society anyway. So, this is just a good way to practice that. :) Of course, they still need to be able to write a letter. Maybe they could do both. They could write a "formal" letter to Santa, and then email him for fun. :)
• United States
21 Nov 08
EA that is exactly how I feel both are forms of communication that are required to fuction in the adult world. Glad I'm not the only one that feels that way.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
I think letter writing is better. As the kids who still believe in Santa are usually ones who have emerging writing skills so we need to find more ways to get them to practice and learn their skills. It's so easy to fall back onto a computer just as we utilize the tv more than we should it's easy & addicting KWIM? I even gave my 6yo a job app to fill out. She looked at me like I was nuts... I said well this is one of many reasons you need to learn to read and write. If you are ready to get a job you need to know how to fill out the form, and the reader needs to be able to understand the information you provided them and the "application" process only gets harder for the fancier job in wich you are applying ect. Either way I was trying to show her that if she can't write she can't get a job in the future, no job = no money = no car, no home, no food, ect.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Well in a high tech world the joy of actually writing to Santa is being lost. Because of being able to text,email, or print off. I feel that a child would enjoy the actual writing to Santa. My sister does write Santa herself. She loves it. but thanks for the link. I went and checked it out and even though it is now to late for it I bookmarked it for next year..Never know she might choose to do it that way next year.
• United States
2 Dec 08
Hrm, I think the old mailing a letter is appealing, but this is advancing the idea to keep up with the times, isn't it? On some level, I always feel bad about endorsing the Santa Myth because I know it is a lie and I don't want to be deceiving my daughter. I have come to accept that Santa Myth is a very real part of children's psychology and.. until they come of a certain age.. Santa is very real for them. I dunno, seems a little silly sometimes.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Thanks for sharing this with us. My daughter is 16 years old now. I do not have any little ones. I will pass this along to those who do though. Thanks.