Last Christmas Eve, Iona Hayes didn’t hear the clip-clop of reindeer hooves on the roof of her house. But she knows Santa Claus was there because she awoke the next morning to discover all sorts of presents under the tree.
“It was so cool,” the now-five-year-old says.
This year, she wants one of those gifts to be a toy horse.
To make sure that Santa knows what to bring her, she sat down with her cousin Madeleine Curry at the Snug Café to write their Dear Santa letters.
“It’s his job to give us presents and he likes to do it,” says four-year-old Madeleine, who’s requesting a stuffed unicorn.
She also knows what she has to do to remain on Santa’s good-list: Don’t fight with her brother.
Luckily for children on the island, the staff at the Bowen Island post office have a direct route to the North Pole.
Children can drop off their Santa letter in any post box on the island and Santa will hand-write them a letter back.
To ensure that Santa has time to respond before he sets off on his round-the-world journey on Christmas Eve, Santa letters should be popped into an island mailbox by December 18. No postage is required but Santa does need a complete return address. (Please no “Brody, Bowen Island.”)
Children who drop into the post office can watch the staff put a date stamp on the letter to let them know it’s officially on its way.
The address is:
North Pole HOH OHO