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Dear Santa and Only 8 Days to Christmas

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Dear Santa,

I would like a new tripod for Christmas, and of course World Peace, and I would really like my children to get into University next year.  Oh, and can I please have some new perfume, mine is running out, I like Ralph by Ralph Lauren.  I would like some new shoes too, summer ones that are really comfortable.

What else, if you can really stretch that far, I would love a 60mm Macro lens and maybe a 35mm lens.

Thank you Santa,

Lots of Love

Leanne

So if I were writing a letter to Santa this is what I would write, maybe, though when I was a child, if I had written a Santa letter there would have been no where to post it, but it seems Australia Post has solved this problem for children in Melbourne.

LeanneCole-santapostbox--20131129-2226I am sure a lot of cities do this sort of thing.  The box gets put out every year, and my children posted letters in it when they were young.  It is a great idea and this year I found out a little secret.

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A close up of the Santa letter that someone wrote in chalk on the footpath in front of it.  It is a lovely sentiment.  I do know that Santa won’t read this letter, unless a copy is posted as well.

My husband does some contracting work at Australia post and he told me that Australia Post have hired a heap of “elves” to answer the Santa Letters.  He said they work very hard to send a reply back to everyone who puts a letter in the box to Santa.  I suppose you have to make sure your address is on it.  I think that is so cool.  How amazing would it be if you were a child and you got a letter from Santa?

LeanneCole-santapostbox--20131129-2227Big sign on it just so you know exactly what the box if for.

LeanneCole-santapostbox--20131129-2228I don’t know about you, but I think the Santa Post box is a brilliant idea, and even better if you can get a letter back.  Big cheers to Australia Post.

Now I should write my letter out, post it with my address, and see if I get one back, or maybe, better yet, get what I want for Christmas.  How is your list going?

If you need to post your letter in Melbourne, the box is on the corner of Collins Street and Swanston Street, near the City Square.

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  1. Put tears in my eyes. Thank you, Leanne. (working on sending you something for Monday….maybe…:) )

    December 17, 2013
    • What my letter and how sad I am, haha, or the whole thing? :) You are welcome Amy, and that would be fantastic.

      December 17, 2013
  2. Considering the amount of children’s mail to Santa, the Santa post box is an excellent idea. Even more importantly– the reply service. Thanx for sharing this with us and have a wonderful holiday.

    December 17, 2013
    • I think the reply service was a stroke of genius, such a gorgeous thing to do. You are welcome and thank you too, you have a Merry Christmas as well.

      December 17, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on dunjav.

    December 17, 2013
  4. That’s great! Such a fun idea! so fun for the the young and old alike! Merry Christmas!

    December 17, 2013
    • I think it is brilliant too, apparently some of the letters are very funny. I suppose you never know what kids will ask for. Merry Christmas to you as well, thank you.

      December 17, 2013
  5. your world peace
    is coming, Leanne
    as wars
    are impermanent :-)

    December 17, 2013
  6. Your ideas on what you would like for Christmas were great! I will have to check out the letter box when I come down to Melbourne for Christmas (not long now!)

    December 17, 2013
    • Thanks Penny, I don’t think I will get any of them, but one can dream. Yes, see if it is still there, I don’t know how long they keep it out for.

      December 17, 2013
  7. There are some wonderful volunteers in our area that answer Santa letters. I think this is such a fun way to celebrate. :)

    December 17, 2013
    • That is fantastic, I think it would be fun to do. I agree, it is a great thing to do, thanks. :)

      December 17, 2013
  8. Lovely letter.

    December 17, 2013
  9. cool

    December 17, 2013
  10. This is a very touching post. I have never seen anything like it but its a nice idea to think of what we would write to Santa. Loved the pics and message of this post.

    December 17, 2013
  11. Gina #

    The Santa Mail Box is an awesome idea for kids and to even get a letter back is even more of an amazing idea. I’ve never seen a box like it in my city (Canberra) maybe I’m not looking hard enough?

    I had to laugh at your list though, all those things and more? Really? Well, if Santa can muster the hard work in getting it all for you, then you will be one happy woman!

    Merry Xmas!
    G~

    December 17, 2013
    • It is a great idea, I’m sorry can’t help you with Canberra, maybe the city council has a list of things.
      Yeah, lots of stuff on my list, one has to dream, though zero chance of getting most of it, I think the tripod is about all I will be getting, but that looked pathetic in the list. My birthday is also a couple of weeks later, so you, know maybe the family will get some ideas ;)

      Merry Christmas to you as well.

      December 17, 2013
  12. Jen #

    What a wonderful idea—especially the return letters! You are right, imagine coming home from school and finding that awaiting you. :)

    December 17, 2013
    • I would have been so excited as a kid, it would have been amazing. Thanks Jen.

      December 17, 2013
  13. My wish-list is unrealistic.
    But – I’ll take what I can get . I know that I will be happy to see the faces of the kids when they open their presents! :)

    December 17, 2013
    • RoSy, sounds like your list is like mine. :)
      I will say that I agree with you about kids opening presents, it is the best present, mine are getting too old for it now. :)

      December 17, 2013
  14. It is a brilliant idea! Here, even the normal mail doesn’t flow very well. We are still waiting for three Anniversary cards we know were sent well before 30th Nov. Lost, stolen or strayed.

    December 17, 2013
    • I think so too. The mail can be like that here too Colonialist, though since there isn’t much mail, mail, then it tends to arrive okay. Of course things like bills always show up. I hope you get your cards too, and does this mean I should be saying Happy Anniversary?

      December 17, 2013
  15. That’s great…I love the little written note. I hope you do get your 60 mm macro lens…I have really enjoyed mine. More important, of course, is world peace, but that may take a little longer! :)

    December 17, 2013
    • Thank you Leah, it seemed appropriate and a bit of fun. I am pretty sure I won’t be getting the macro lens, well not for a while anyway. I think you are right about World Peace, I do wonder if it is possible.

      December 17, 2013
  16. What a great idea! Those elves will be busy, bringing happiness to some very excited children! I dream of a macro too, but don’t think Santa will stretch to one! Season’s Greetings, from the other side of the planet!

    December 17, 2013
    • I think they are very very busy, I don’t know who is making the toys. ;)
      I don’t think Santa will get me one either, maybe one day, but not for a while. We will both have to keep dreaming.

      December 18, 2013
  17. Canada post does that too. His address here is Santa Claus, the North Pole, postal code H0H 0H0. :)

    December 17, 2013
    • I love the address, how wonderful, we just have the box, though I don’t know what happens if they post it in the normal mail. Thanks for telling me about this Hannah, HOH OHO, brilliant. :)

      December 18, 2013
  18. Very sweet! And I totally agree with your priorities! Tripod before World Peace…;-)

    December 18, 2013
    • I think I have a better chance of a tripod than world peace, so probably best to go for the achievable, thank you Merilee.

      December 18, 2013
  19. Aww, that is just such a cute idea! I love the note written. Christmas has a certain magic about it from many perspectives, and this is definitely one of them.

    December 18, 2013
    • Thank you Laura, I think it would be a bit of fun. I think Christmas is very magical, I love it.

      December 18, 2013
  20. I have never seen anything like this. I do know that some small communities put up a cardboard box to collect letters and I think they answer them, but nothing through our national postal system! Our government wouldn’t allow it.

    December 18, 2013
    • That is a shame, ours does a great job, I can’t believe they even employ people to respond to the letters, I want that job next year.

      December 18, 2013
      • I bet you would be great at it.
        Merry Christmas Leanne!

        December 22, 2013
      • It would be so much fun Darla, my daughter would love to do it.
        Merry Christmas to you as well Darla, take care.

        December 22, 2013
      • :-)

        December 29, 2013
  21. Wow! I just checked in at your site. I knew you were photographing Christmas but I didn’t think you’d have done this much already! Fantastic job. You have such an amazing eye, and the ability to render what you capture into something vivid, exciting and uniquely human. I’ll be back! :-)

    December 18, 2013
    • Thank you Michael, I have only put up a small amount of what I have taken so far, still plenty more to show, and perhaps not enough days, we will have to see.

      December 18, 2013
  22. Giottos tripod with a manfrotto geared head would be my recommendation Leanne. The geared head is going to be more expensive but it makes all the difference in the world and really is worth the extra pennies. I hope you get you wish! :-)

    December 18, 2013
    • I haven’t heard of those, we have Gitzo’s here, which are meant to be good, but way too pricey for me. I have already got the tripod, I just got the legs, and put my old head on it. I got a Manfrotto carbon fibre one. Thanks for the advice, I will have to do some research on those ones. I got my wish, but sshhh, don’t let anyone know.

      December 18, 2013
  23. Melbourne is really blowing me away. I’m quite touched by the care and effort for the holidays and children.

    December 18, 2013
    • It is doing a great job, I am constantly surprised and the number of people going into the city is amazing as well. It is a great thing that Melbourne has done, and Australia Post are making it even more special.

      December 18, 2013
  24. What a special idea.

    December 18, 2013
    • I think so, so nice, I want a job there next year.

      December 18, 2013
  25. Practical requests for the holidays…one easier than the other.

    December 20, 2013
    • Thank you, I think so too, I am hoping for the tripod, actually I know I am getting it, haha.

      December 21, 2013
  26. No such boxes in France. But the French post does triage anything that is addressed to Santa. You can put “North Pole”, “Santa’s village”, or even no adress at all, the “elves” at the Postal Services will get it and take care of it… :)

    December 23, 2013
    • I think they do that here too, but the box has been there for a few years, I think it is great for the postal service to care and make it more special for the kids.

      December 23, 2013
      • A very nice way to keep the magic alive :)

        December 26, 2013
      • I agree, I think it is such a brilliant thing to do.

        December 27, 2013

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