Dirty Elf Shuts Down Canada's "Write to Santa" Program

You may want to write your own letter from Santa to the kids this year. Canada Post has temporarily shut down their popular “Write to Santa” program, which delivers over a million letters to kids in Canada and elsewhere, while they track down the volunteer who’s been sending out obscene letters to kids.

The Ottawa Citizen said at least 10 nasty letters had been delivered to little girls and boys in Ottawa who wrote to Santa this year care of the North Pole, which has a special H0H 0H0 Canadian postal code. Return letters from Santa are in fact written by an 11,000-strong army of Canada Post employees and volunteers.

“We firmly believe there is just one rogue elf out there,” a Canada Post spokeswoman told the paper.

“Author of nasty letters from Santa sought” [Reuters]
(Photo: Getty)


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  1. Dead Wrestlers Society says:

    Would have been nice to see said example to illustrate what they were writing. Was it being a jerk using profanity or nasty as in pedophile/Chris Hanson territory.

  2. bluesunburn says:

    I’m Jewish, so I’ve never done the “write a letter to Santa thing.” That being said, that’s just *wrong.*

    I hope they track down whoever sent those letters and nail his/her butt to the wall.

  3. darkened says:

    @bluesunburn: About that last part I’m sure that was in those letters they wrote that got sent out!

  4. MikeB says:

    From what I remember it is just someone being a jerk and using some profanity on top of calling kids greedy and the like.

  5. JustRunTheDamnBallBillick. says:

    @mbouchard: I dont care what it is. Its like parents who refuse to tell their kids that santa is real, and proceed to tell any kid they come in contact with the same. Heck, I was raised Jewish and we believed in Santa till 6 or so, just because my parents didnt want us ruining it for other kids. Belief and hope are wonderful things, and anyone who ruins if for kids deserves far worse punishment then the legal system can dish out.

  6. headon says:

    So cool, bout time someone set those kids straight. Good job Elf.

  7. nutrigm says:

    On one hand I think it’s stupid to fool kids Santa exists coz i’ve come across kids that are 10-12 years old and still believing in it and it really sounded pathetic. Yet on the other hand I think as adults we have the right to have fun with our kids the same way our parents did and whoever did this to little children should be actively sought and booked asap!

  8. Wormfather says:

    I dont know, I’m all mixed up on this. I cant stop laughing but at the same time I feel bad…

  9. MikeB says:

    @JustRunTheDamnBallBillick.: I was not saying it was not a bad thing. If this had been sent to my house I would have been pissed off. I should have clicked the respond button as I was responding to Public Enemy about if the letters were just someone being a jerk or Chris Hanson type stuff. I hope they find the guy. Do not think a law has been broken though.

  10. MikeB says:

    @nutrigm: Do these 10-12 year olds truly believe in Santa or are they fooling their parents into thinking they believe so they will get more presents?

  11. num1skeptic says:

    this is terrible! one more reason i’m glad we never did the santa thing. heck most kids know he’s not real and just play the santa card thinking they will get more gifts that way. we try not to stray too far away from the real meaning of christmas. me and my wife are against the capitalization of the holiday, so try to give meaningful(less expensive, more sentimental) gifts and only give gifts to immediate family. everyone else just gets a card with some nice things wrote inside.

    if my kid wants a nintendo wii or something, we do those on b-days. it takes the headache out of x-mas shopping. those items a far easier to buy around his b-day(april).

  12. JustRunTheDamnBallBillick. says:

    @num1skeptic: See, there is the disconnect Im talking about. I see a big difference between “believing in Santa” and commercialism. My Catholic cousins were raised believing in Santa, and always got a present from Santa, but it was just one. The “guilty pleasure” gift like that action figure they HAD to have was from Santa, and mom and dad got them sweaters, books, ect. I just think that parents these days spend too much time trying to be honest with their kids and wind up taking away some of the joy of childhood.

  13. DallasDMD says:

    @bluesunburn: I’m not Jewish AND I’ve never done written a letter to santa before, but I agree, I hope the get him and get him good!

  14. youbastid says:

    @JustRunTheDamnBallBillick.: That’s right! Far worse punishment than the legal system can dish out! Hang ’em by their toenails for sending inappropriate letters!


  15. darkened says:

    I’m 23 and still believe in Santa, you people can disbelieve all you want because he doesn’t come to those peoples’ houses.

  16. num1skeptic says:

    @JustRunTheDamnBallBillick.: i don’t see how i’m taking away the joy of childhood. you can’t miss something you never had. besides, if i told him santa was real, i’d have to do the same with tooth fairy and easter bunny and all the other horse crap and for what? i was 6 and i knew santa was fake, its called having older brothers. i still played the card though hoping i’d get more. i knew there was no easter bunny, and especially knew who was paying me for my missing teeth. i guess if your kid isn’t smart enough to understand the difference than just lie to him, but my kid is sharp as a tack, and i would rather teach him the values of christmas and easter, (being a christian), than lie to him, and try to bribe him to be good because santa is watching.

  17. CrazyRedd says:

    But… but if no one believes in the Hogfather…

  18. bustit22 says:

    I have to confess, if I was working for Canada Post doing Santa letters, I’d do the same thing.

  19. num1skeptic says:

    that elf in the pic looks creepy! i’m thinkin he’s the one writing these things.

  20. weffey says:


    CTV has the story as well, and they included two images. [www.ctv.ca]
    I remember seeing another image , which I can’t find now, questioning the sexual preferences (and choice of mammal) of the child’s parents.

    When I was a kid, this was a classroom activity. Every November, we’d write our letters in class, then someone dressed as Santa would come just before our Christmas assembly to collect the letters. I’m not sure if it was a Canada Post volunteer or somebody’s parent. A week or two later, we’d all get the replies delivered to our houses. If you were REALLY lucky, your letter would be read on air, by Santa himself, on a nightly phone in show YTV aired during December.

    … y’know back before a teacher would get in trouble for having Christmas-specific activities in the classroom …

  21. Ausoleil says:

    Is this a case of life imitating junk mail? This morning I received an email with a dozen or so “letters to Santa” like this one:

    “Dear Santa,
    What do you do the other 364 days of the year? Are you busy making toys?
    Your friend,

    Dear Thomas,
    All the toys are made in China. I have a condo in Vegas, where I spend most of my time making low-budget porno films. I unwind by drinking myself silly and squeezing the a___s of cocktail waitresses while losing money at the craps table.
    Hey, you wanted to know.
    Santa “

  22. ElizabethD says:

    Jeez, the guy was only writing “Ho ho ho” — too much political correctness these days!


  23. JayXJ says:

    Kinda makes you wish they’d bring back public flogging, doesn’t it?

  24. forgottenpassword says:

    Again… the sick twisted f*ck in me just finds this HILARIOUS!!!

  25. CumaeanSibyl says:

    Whatever happened to finding out Santa wasn’t real the old-fashioned way — from the older kids at school who delight in crushing dreams? That’s the American way, damn it.

  26. Kimli says:

    @CumaeanSibyl: Well, the story’s about Canada – so there you go.

    I’ve seen other reports of this story saying the letters do in fact contain references to the child being greedy but there are also the ones that supposedly say “your mother sucks dick and your father is gay”.

    I too am torn between outrage and hilarity, but I’m a terrible person.

  27. ionerox says:


    I totally agree. I giggled and then felt immediately bad.

    Then again, no one ever answered my letters to Santa- those Canadian kids can just SUCK IT.

  28. LadyNo says:

    I remember just sort of naturally putting two and two together that Santa wasn’t real. Like, the tag said it was from Santa, but it was Grandma’s handwriting. And the fact that Santa usually came while we were at mass, and my dad was always left at home since he wasn’t Catholic. So convenient. I think a couple times my parents would just lazily send us downstairs to watch TV while Santa dropped off presents. And at 8 or 9, I bought myself a present that I hid from everyone and wrapped with a card that said it was from Santa. I figured it would blow everyone’s minds! Not so much.

  29. trollkiller says:

    @JustRunTheDamnBallBillick.: God bless your parents.

  30. trollkiller says:

    @mbouchard: They think they are fooling their parents to get more gifts. We know better.

  31. Jean Naimard says:

    Funniest thing around here is that many daycare personnel are marxist-leninists, so they tell the kiddies that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. The end result being that the said kiddies yank Santas’ beards to see if it’s a real beard or not…

  32. Parting says:

    @Jean Naimard: But so you even know what’s ”marxsist-lelininst” is? You can’s even spell it right.

    And I never met any daycare, where people tell children that Santa does not exist.

    So either you had bad luck with ONE daycare and you’re generalizing or ….