The Interesting Eating Company in Allerton sets up letters to Santa service so kids can get wish lists to the North Pole
2 months ago
A Liverpool café owner has set up a special Letters to Santa service so children send their wish lists to the man in red in spite of any postal strikes.
Hannah Todd has installed a ‘magic’ mailbox inside The Interesting Eating Company in Allerton Road so local youngsters can be certain Father Christmas receives their letters.
And they are also promised a reply from someone in Santa’s workshop – maybe even Mrs Claus: “Well, her husband is a little busy at this time of year,” smiles Hannah.
The mailbox is up and running after Hannah became concerned that strikes by Royal Mail might affect the delivery of letters between now and December 24.
She says: “Independent sellers I know have said guaranteed dates of things have already moved forward because of strikes, and there will be a knock-on effect because of closures in sorting offices. Someone put up a calendar saying there are actually only four days between now and Christmas that won’t be in some way affected by the strikes.
“It started me thinking that some of those children who write to Santa via Royal Mail might find their letters don’t arrive to him – and they certainly aren’t guaranteed that any reply might get back to them.”
Hannah, who took over TIEC where she’d worked for 10 years with the idea of turning it into a community hub after the pandemic, goes on: “I had put a mailbox in the café for decoration, but I realised we could create a little magic through the letter box and keep the spirit of Christmas alive for local kids.
“I was brought up with a lot of magic around Christmas and think it’s one of the most important things around the season, as well as the lights, the warmth, the joy, and the hope.
“On a recent trip to Iceland, I was fortunate to bump into Father Christmas, and he said he’d stop by and meet my family and, while he was in TIEC, we got chatting about his elves, and strikes and Royal Mail, which are causing him a lot of problems at the moment!
“I offered to help out in Liverpool where I could and we have set up a special link with him in the North Pole, so kids can deliver their letters to us by hand if they’re local to the store, or pop them in local post which hopefully won’t have too many delays.”
Letters dropped into the box will be ‘collected and sent to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole’, where Hannah has been promised someone – maybe even Mrs Claus – will reply. Those replies will be sent to TIEC and Hannah will make sure they get to their owners providing they have given Father Christmas an address.
Hannah says: “They will receive a handwritten reply and their original letter back.
“I was 12 and I was worried about world peace and all sorts of things I shouldn’t have been worried about at that age and Father Christmas told me not to worry and just do my best because that’s what he does – I still have that letter now so they are really important.
“It’s such a hard time for families at the moment with the cost of living crisis and Christmas magic might be in short supply this year.
“I can’t solve everything unfortunately, but I can do this and make sure people get their happy messages and, hopefully, good advice like I got.
“I’m happy to help and be part of Team Santa. I’m old friends of the Tooth Fairy since my mum was a dentist so I’ve got a direct line!”
Youngsters are encouraged to get letters in as early as possible, but local delivery will be up until December 22. Unfortunately, any letters needing to go further than walking distance from TIEC will be subject to the postal service at a busy time, and December 19 will be the last trip to the post office.
TIEC,117 Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 2DD