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An alternative letter to Santa

Carlotta Cerri

As you may already know, we do not celebrate Christmas in the traditional way (Santa Claus, nativity scene and gifts under the tree) and we are always looking for ways to make this time of the year special without going against our beliefs.

As I wrote in this post about Christmas and Montessori, we prefer not to lie to Oliver and Emily about the existence of Santa Claus, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the fun aspect of this tradition, without lying to our kids.

In this very short post, I’ll give you a nice idea that I’ve been reading on various blogs for a couple of years and that I think it’s a good one to make Christmas less consumeristic: an alternative letter to Santa.

Instead of writing the classic long list, children have three boxes where they write or draw: 1. one thing they would like (it can be anything, a game, a bike, a ball…); 2. one thing they need (for school, for swimming lessons, for their bedroom…); 3. a book (because reading is a beautiful habit). The original letter also has a box for clothes, but since we buy clothes for Oliver and Emily when they need it, I haven’t included it.

Parents then choose one thing (or one thing per box) and that will be the children’s gift(s).

I like it because it forces children not only to think about what they really want and make a selection, but also to think about the difference between what they want and what they need.

I don’t know whether or not we’ll decide to put this idea into practice in the future, but in the meantime, if you like it, I have prepared a template to print (and it looks so cute in my opinion 😬). You can find it here: Alternative Letter to Santa.at do you think about it? Do you have other ideas? I’d love for you to share them with us in the comments below. Happy Holidays!

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