What children really want from Santa this Christmas

Santa collecting letters from his post box along with brothers Spencer and Owen Tuckwell from Kirkcaldy. Pic Greg Macvean
Santa collecting letters from his post box along with brothers Spencer and Owen Tuckwell from Kirkcaldy. Pic Greg Macvean

This year’s top ten most wanted Christmas presents have been revealed by children in their letters to Santa.

Since 1963, Royal Mail has had the special privilege of managing Santa’s mailbag, giving everyone a unique insight into what youngsters really want on Christmas morning.

Staff at the special Post Office sorting office which deals with children's letters to Santa Claus/Father Christmas in Edinburgh in December 1978.

Staff at the special Post Office sorting office which deals with children's letters to Santa Claus/Father Christmas in Edinburgh in December 1978.

Santa’s helpers at the Royal Mail analyse the letters before sending them on to him at the North Pole and as a result, they have discovered what the most popular toys for 2015 are.

Traditional toys hold the top three spots.

The most popular wish is for Lego, including Lego Star Wars action figures and toys, which has regained its top spot after being overtaken by Frozen merchandise last year.

Bikes are the second most popular wish this year, followed by Play-Doh in third position.

There were also a number of new entries this year with Games Consoles and iPhone’s making entries at number four and nine respectively.

In 1964, a game of Monopoly was a popular gift to ask Santa for. And this year, board games have returned to the top ten, suggesting that the joy of playing games with family or friends is still important to children more than 50 years on.

While Peppa Pig remains a popular choice at number ten.

And just outside the top ten this year and proving to be very popular is dressing up costumes i.e. Spiderman and princess costumes.

Alex McConnell, Royal Mail’s chief elf in charge of Santa’s mailbag, said: “We are very honoured that Father Christmas has allowed us to take a peek at what children are asking for this year. We get to see what they really want for Christmas.

“All the elves at Royal Mail enjoy reading the heart-warming letters and the festive cheer these letters bring.”

Children wanting to send a letter to Santa should make sure they write to him using the correct address on a stamped envelope by no later than December 6. The address is: Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ

The top ten most requested toys for 2015 are:

Lego

Bike

Play-Doh

Games Consoles

Nerf Gun

Board Games

DVDs

PAW Patrol

iPhone

Peppa Pig