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Santa’s helpers at Royal Mail, who have been helping him with his mailbag for 53 years, analysed a number of children’s letters before sending them on to him at the North Pole.
The special letters also reveal the range of questions children ask Santa including; “how many mince pies do you eat around the world?” and “do you like being Santa?”
Traditional toys hold the top three spots for the second year in a row. The results show that the most popular toy is Lego, which has retained its top spot from last year.
It has also remained in the top three since 2013. Scooters have made a new entry as the second most popular Christmas wish in 2016. This is followed by bikes, which have dropped down into third position.
Mobile phones are still proving popular, with Paw Patrol as the fourth and fifth most popular request of Christmas 2016.
There were also a number of other new entries including Pie Face Showdown, Star Wars Spin Action Lightsabre and Barbie 3 Storey Townhouse making entries at number seven, eight, and nine respectively.
Furby Connect has made a comeback as a new entry at number 10 having last been seen in Royal Mail’s list as the most wanted toy in 2012.
The top ten most requested toys of 2016 are:
Air Patroller Nerf Gun
Pie Face Showdown
Star Wars Spin Action Lightsabre
Barbie 3 Storey Townhouse
Questions for Santa
The special letters also show that many children like to ask Santa questions instead of just asking for the latest toy as a gift. Some of the questions that children have asked Santa this year are:
How do you deliver all the presents in one night?
How many mince pies do you eat around the world?
How old are you?
How many elves do you have working for you?
Do Rudolph and the reindeers like carrots?
How many children do you deliver presents to?
Do you like being Santa?
Letters to Santa
If your children are going to write to Santa this year, make sure you get your letter to him by by no later than 9 December 2016.
Make sure you write to him using the correct address on a stamped envelope and send the letter to:-
Santa/Father Christmas Santa’s Grotto Reindeerland XM4 5HQ
Don’t forget that Santa needs to know the full name and address of your children to reply so please include this in the letter.
Christmas is a very busy time of year and Santa will respond to as many letters as possible, in between getting the sleigh ready for the long journey on Christmas Eve.
Visit Royal Mail’s special letters to Santa webpage at www.royalmail.com/letters-to-santa
Last Posting Dates
The last posting dates are;
Tuesday 20 December 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Wednesday 21 December 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Thursday 22 December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
Further information is available at www.royalmail.com/greetings
Get the kids writing now to avoid any disappointment.