A couple of weeks ago my mum got Georgie ‘a letter to Santa’ kit from Marks and Spencer . Georgie carefully wrote it out, and put a stamp on it; and I thought how lovely it would be if she could get a reply. I figured I could perhaps write one and pretend to be Santa (hope no kids see this!). Then I got to thinking that surely Royal Mail must get a load of letters from kids in the post. So I googled it, and found that Royal Mail send letters back if you child writes to them.
Except from the website:
Dear boys and girls,
Christmas is a very exciting but busy time for me: the elves are making toys, the reindeer are practising their sleigh runs, and I’m busy preparing my list of who’s been good this year.
I need to let the elves know what to make so to help me out, please let me know what you would like as early as possible.
I will be getting my sleigh ready for the long journey on Christmas Eve and inbetween I will try to reply to as many of you as possible. To make sure I receive your letters, please could you send them to:
XM4 5HQIt’s really important you write the address carefully on a stamped envelope, and that you include your full name and address so I can write back to you.
Please send your letters to me by Sunday 6 December so I have time to reply.
Looking forward to delivering your presents on Christmas Eve. Make sure you remember my mince pie and Rudolph’s carrot!
Merry Christmas to you all!
So I sneakily added the postcode on when she wasn’t looking and the very well decorated letter got posted…
Well today, Georgie got a letter from Santa, thanks so much Royal Mail!
I have also found on eBay some cute Christmas stamps. A presentation pack from 1994, of the nativity play. I won them for £0.55 with £1.00 postage and they arrived today, and the really kind seller, had sent a 1997 presentation pack too called Christmas Crackers. They are really lovely, and I might well be using them to send some christmas cards out, or might just keep them.
Interestingly stamps keep their face monetary value for all time, see this post for a statement from Royal Mail. So, stamps with an amount are worth that same amount and those marked 1st and 2nd class remain worth 1st and 2nd class. So ironically, the stamps pictured can be used for £4.04 worth of postage today. Just seems a shame to open them.
However, I just think it is sad that we have lost the value of a proper letter with a real stamp in the world of technology and franking machines #feeling nostalgic. In fact the other thing that has gone up a lot is the price of stamps. I assume that in the 1994 set the £0.19 stamp was a £2nd, the same one now is £0.54 and the first is £0.63. See Royal Mail Price List. Wow the world of inflation…….
So, I think I am likely to use them, and hopefully make one or two people smile when they see a proper christmas stamp!
On other matters, Georgie has been for her swimming lesson, scoffed a McDonalds Happy Meal (and promptly added the little bird to her school book bag), apparently some of her friends at school have done this. However, most importantly she took the kindness fairy up to her room all by herself and tidied her room. The kindness fairy (and her mummy) are very proud.
She has took to the fairy more than I could have expected to guessed and I am so happy about it. There has to be more to Christmas 🙂