A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows how the United States Postal Service helps process thousands of letters to Santa Claus every year, as well as the way they give back each year by partnering with others to grant some of the wishes within those letters.
The overall message of the series is the joy of giving. The "helpers" featured are volunteers from all walks of life and most of the kids ask for things for their loved ones instead of themselves in their letters.
Positive Role Models
The series highlights people who are selfless and do a lot for others. For example, a post office worker that also coaches in his community starts a large operation food bank to give family in need a Christmas dinner.
Many people of color are shown giving back to others and their own communities in large scale ways.
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Violence & Scariness
Kids talk about noticing that their parents are stressed and worrying about them. Young children may be affected by the people who are shown in need. For example, one child wrote, "Santa Claus, will you bring us some food?"
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Some of the items kids wish for in their letters are mentioned by name, e.g. an iPhone, PS5, LEGOS, etc. but this isn't the emphasis of the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Letters to Santa: The Series is a documentary covering stories of the United States Postal Service answering wishes sent to Santa. The overall message of the series is the joy of giving. The "helpers" featured are volunteers from all walks of life and most of the kids ask for things for their loved ones instead of themselves in their letters. The adults interviewed on the show explain how they help Santa without ever spoiling the secrets behind his magic.Some of the items kids wish for in their letters are mentioned by name, e.g. an iPhone, PS5, LEGOS, etc. but this isn't the emphasis of the show. Young children may be affected by the people who are shown in need. It should also be noted that when the kids are explaining the lore of Santa Claus at the beginning of each episode, one mentions that "the bad kids get coal."
Is It Any Good?
This behind-the-scenes look at the post office is interesting, as are the stories and professions highlighted on the show. Each year the USPS collects millions of letters written to Santa -- Letters to Santa: The Series documents how the wishes within a small portion of those letters are granted each year by USPS partnering with a bevy of good samaritans. It's a heartwarming holiday show that promotes kindness and generosity and parents don't have to worry about the magic of Santa being compromised, as It's explained that he has been working with USPS for over 100 years to grant wishes, especially for the type of gifts that won't fit in a box.
In the first episode there's a pediatric plastic surgeon who ended up starting a non-profit after helping one year, as well as a postal worker who created a large-scale food bank to help the community he serves. While Dear Santa certainly has its heart in the right place, there's some room for improvement. Parents will certainly appreciate the message behind the series but a slow and sometimes underwhelming narration style may leave kids bored eventually.
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