We also read them the lovely picture book The Three Gifts of Christmas, focused them on giving more than receiving, but still honored that they had wishes, and, as the children became skilled enough to write themselves, developed a 3 Gifts of Christmas Wishlist template for them to use for their wish lists. and (I also gave them the choice of writing free form letters or wish lists, but they tend to choose the template still.)
The template makes things easy. I typically print it out a week before Advent begins and ask the children to write their letters before the Friday of that week ends so that Santa can prepare a few gifts for each child while we better keep our focus on service and preparing our hearts and homes for Christmas once Advent begins (rather than on our personal wants).
Of course, some year, my children's letters get written after Advent begins and/or the "me-focus" is larger than it should be all throughout the Advent season.
It is what it is. We flow and grow as we are able...
I bet you and yours do, too.
In case our FREE 3 Gifts of Christmas Wishlist printable set can bless you and yours as you flow and go, I am sharing it here today.
Within it you will find print pages...
... cursive pages...
... and blank line pages.
Blank pages have an extra thick bottom line to hep children remember to keep their writing anchored.
Some pages have smaller fonts/lines for children who have more control when writing quite small.
I pray this free printable blesses you and your and that however you choose to gift on Christmas, you have a beautiful holiday filled with love and faith, and focus on Christ.