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How to Write a Letter From Santa Claus for a Bad Kid

By Melissa King ; Updated April 18, 2017
Encourage your child to behave for Santa.

As Christmas approaches, many children dream of getting a visit and presents from the iconic Santa Claus. Though, if your child has been naughty this year, occasional visions of coal in his stocking may be dancing in your head. According to lore, Santa Claus sees everything your child does and keeps a list of his actions, both good and bad. You can take advantage of this by writing him a loving letter from Santa that encourages him to change his misbehaving ways.

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Select cheerful holiday stationery for your letter from Santa. For example, choose paper that has pictures of the North Pole, reindeer or Santa's elves on it.

Begin the letter with a greeting to your child, such as "Dear Bobby" or "Merry Christmas, Joe!" Mention something that's been going on at the North Pole, for example, "We are cleaning and polishing the sleigh and the elves are looking forward to wearing their new seasonal outfits." Mention that you wanted to write a letter to him even though you are very busy.

Mention your child's naughty actions in a non-judgmental way. For instance, write "I've noticed that you've been mean to your brother lately," or "I see that you're struggling with listening to your parents."

Tell your child that you know he is a good person who just makes mistakes sometimes. Write that you know he can do better and improve his behavior.

Describe a few of the presents your child wants most this year. Explain that you know he really wants these things, but encourage him to stop being naughty.

Tell your child that you will try to bring the presents on his list if he tries to be good and improve himself. Say that he must also keep behaving even after Christmas is over.

Mention a few good things your child has done. Tell him that it makes you happy when he does things like this.

Include any personal details that might have meaning for your child. For example, you might say, "The reindeer and I loved the sugar cookies with the red and green sprinkles you left for me last year."

Sign the letter with the name "Santa Claus." If you're typing the letter, leave a blank space at the end of the page. Print the letter and then sign it with a pen or pencil.

Fold the letter and put it in an envelope. Seal the envelope and address it to your child. Write "Santa Claus, North Pole" as the return address.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Envelope


The United States Postal Service will postmark your letter from the North Pole in Anchorage, Alaska for the cost of a few first-class stamps (see Resources).


Never call your child names or say hurtful things in your letter. For example, don't say "You were such a bad boy this year, so now I'm giving all your presents to your sister."

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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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