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Santa's connected Letters: Why wait for snail mail when Saint Nick is online? Children tell the jolly old elf their toy requests in a flash.


In the old days, when addresses had numbers and streets instead of dots and slashes, kids wrote their letters to Santa using pencil, paper, an envelope and a stamp.

They addressed the missives to the North Pole and then just waited. Only on Christmas morning would we know for sure if Santa got the letters.

Nowadays, kids type a note to Santa, send it via e-mail and get a reply from the jolly fellow himself. The kids log onto Email Santa at http: //www.emailsanta.com/. They read the form letter and then fill in the blanks. Santa allows room for children to ask for three presents. Once they send it, is only a matter of minutes before Santa replies via e-mail.

Other Christmas sites worth a visit include:

http: //www.talkcity. com/santasworkshop/index. html -- Kids can ask Santa to send holiday greetings to their e-mail pals. They can even play reindeer games here, too.

http: //www.christmas museum.com/: Sponsored by the non-profit American Christmas Museum, this site offers vignettes about Christmas in the Victorian era and the 1950s.

http: //www.santaclaus online.com/: Download Christmas games and read about Christmas magic. Join the official elf club here. Membership includes having children's pictures posted on the site.

http: //www.claus.com/: The kids can visit the North Pole and team up with their own elf buddy. Once they join this elf club, they receive a diploma they can print out.

http: //www.santa.com/: A good site for Christmas games and puzzles. Kids can download animated Christmas cards and printable holiday cards all free of charge. There are a number of useful holiday recipes here and a slew of Christmas craft ideas.

Pub Date: 12/04/98

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