VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Children everywhere are making their Christmas gift lists and parents are getting nostalic as they watch their kids grab their pencils and write their letters to Santa.

That’s because Canada Post’s letter-writing program is in its 30th year and Cindy Dost, Santa’s Chief Postal Elf tells us parents who wrote letters when they were kids are now helping their own kids.

“It’s part of the tradition. We’ve now got children who wrote letters to Santa as part of their first few years who now have their own children writing letters to Santa,” she explains, adding some parents are taking part as a way to re-living their childhood.

“That’s been really fun for us; to have parents, who put a note in on their child’s letter to Santa saying ‘I remember writing my letter to Santa, and it’s so fun doing to be doing this now with my daughter or my son,’” says Dost.

As part of the program, a team of about 9,000 volunteers help Santa answer the letters. Last year, 160,000 Vancouver letters were sent in the mail.  

On average, Canada Post gets about 1.25 million Santa letters from children all over the country every year.