New Zealand kids' letters are about to hit Santa's mailbox
Santa is about to receive thousands of postcards from New Zealand children who have sent him their Christmas wishes.
New Zealand Post is encouraging children to write to Santa before time runs out.
"This year children can write a traditional letter to Santa and put it in the post, or go onto the Write to Santa website and have some fun decorating and sending their own digital postcard to Santa," New Zealand Post spokeswoman Tina Morgan said.
"We've already had over 10,000 digital postcards sent to Santa.
"Traditional letters remain popular too, and we've had more than 40,000 come in so far from individuals and schools," said Morgan.
New Zealand Post is working with the Blind Foundation and children can opt to be sent a response from Santa in large text or braille.
"Children have been sending some lovely messages and requests in to Santa," Morgan said.
One child said their Christmas wish was for boys and girls who don't have much of anything to receive lots of presents from Santa this year. Another wished Santa a safe journey and said she didn't mind what she got … but if Santa had a spare scooter, she would really like a red one.
NZ Post said there's a bit of a wheels theme in this year's present requests with children asking for remote control cars, monster trucks, bikes and scooters.
Pets were also a sought after gift, including requests for a monkey, a penguin and a pony - but it had to be a pony that didn't kick.
Santa will be busy this Christmas as 9 out of 10 children who wrote in said they'd been nice, and not naughty.
Letters and online postcards need to be sent in by Sunday 4 December to be sure of getting a response from Santa in the post. After that digital postcards sent to Santa will still get a reply by email.