Now that October has arrived, thoughts are turning to Christmas for a lot of people. I’ve applied for a temporary job as one of Santa’s elves working at Santa’s Grotto in Braehead (more on that later) and it’s time for me to start dipping into the Christmas savings I’ve been building up all year. The first thing on the list is a letter from Santa to Luke.
For those who don’t know, my son is 7 years old, obsessed with Christmas (has been wearing his Christmas jumper all year) and is a visual learner. He has autism and the best way for him to understand something is to see it in front of him. That’s why a letter from Santa every year is great for teaching him that Christmas is coming and he should be extra good. This year I’ve chosen to order from Lapland Mailroom. I’ve attached some screenshots of my ordering experience.
For the sake of transparency, I should advise you that I am working alongside Lapland Mailroom. This blog will be based on my own experience of their ordering system but I am not receiving payment for this blog.
I ordered Luke’s 2018 letter from Santa on my phone while I was on my tea break. Ordinarily I would place this kind of order on a laptop but it’s much easier to take screenshots for you to see on a phone. Usually, it’s my stepdaughter Liza who takes care of this so I didn’t know what to expect. I just know that she always sends the best Santa letters so Lapland Mailroom have a lot to live up to.
How Does The Website Look?
The first impression of the website was that it’s very festive and olde worlde. It makes me feel like Christmas is really coming and I like it! It doesn’t quite conjure up images of the North Pole, but rather the cosy shopping mall grottos with a fake fire and red velvet everywhere or Miracle on 34th Street type Santas.
The home page is pretty easy to navigate with a clear list of the price they charge for letters and what you get for that as well as a countdown to Christmas clock (79 days at the time of writing) and information about posting dates. Don’t get caught out and order too late, otherwise you’ll end up having to write your own Santa letter and printing something second-rate that you’ve crafted on Word. It won’t have the same magic as a Royal Mail letter arriving at the door. There really is something special about a letter from Santa sent to your house lighting up your child’s face, even when they’re not old enough to read yet.
There are a few questions you’ll need to answer in order to personalise the letter. They’re standard things such as the child’s name, age, best friend’s name and what they’d like for Christmas. There’s also a section where you can add a personalised message, such as congratulating them on a special achievement from the year. To help you get a feel for what the ordering process is like, I’ve attached some screenshots.
Is It Just A Standard Lapland Mailroom Letter For Everyone?
As you can see, there are lots of variables you can use to personalise the letter. You can add the town where the child will be spending Christmas Eve, and then I congratulated him learning how to take his own inhaler and brush his own teeth. You also get the chance to refer to the big guy as Father Christmas or Santa Claus. In our house, he’s both because my husband uses the slightly old-fashioned Father Christmas.
At the end of the process, you get a chance to share that you’ve ordered on your social media channels. You are notified that it could be up to 5 working days after placing the order to get your letter. You’ll also have the chance to re-read your letter and check it so that it makes sense.
What Comes With The Letter?
Letters from Santa come with a Nice List certificate and some crafts and colouring pictures for your child to do. Luke doesn’t really get involved in arts and crafts but he might if he thinks his visit from Santa depends on it. It costs £8.95. Once Luke receives his letter I’ll do a follow-up post to let you know how it went. I’m also going to discuss a possible giveaway with Lapland Mailroom, so do check back for competitions soon.
Now that I’ve ordered this, I can’t wait to start getting ready for Christmas. I’m thinking about Christmas trees and visits to markets and all the cheesy music. I’m excited already and I bet Luke will be too once he gets his letter!
If you would like to order your own letter from Santa Claus you can do so by visiting the Lapland Mailroom website. Let me know how your experience of the ordering process went and what you thought of it.