Part 1. Start with compiling some lists.
Have the group write down favorite comic strip or cartoon characters.
Next a list of cities/countries they would like to visit.
Finally, their 4 favorite colors.
Ask them to write three wishes. These should be real wishes that they each have. Each wish is to start ‘I wish’ and then to contain a color, a city/country and a cartoon/comic strip character.
I wish I was Snoopy fighting the Red Baron in Germany
I wish I was Lucy in love with Charlie Brown in London
I wish I could be Charlie Brown walking the great wall of China
After they are finished, explain we’re going to write a collaborative poem and each of them is to be part of it. Go around and ask them to read one of their wishes. Write them down on a big sheet of paper. If fewer participants, go around the group twice and get two lines from each person.
Part 2. I do believe in Santa Claus
“In the latter part of the eighteen hundreds, children started writing letters to Santa Claus. By the 1890s, post offices were overrun with letters for Santa each December. There was great diversity in the correct spelling of his name and where he lived – South or North Pole – as well as what to do with the letters. Mail clerks gravely stamped them with a certification that the addressee could not be found and forwarded them to the dead letter office in Washington. But children had faith in the Postal Service and knew Santa would get their letters. They came from children from all walks of life. One Christmas Eve, eight-year-old Edsel Ford, son of Henry and Clara Ford, and the future president of the Ford Motor Company, penned his letter in Detroit, Michigan:
Dear Santa Claus: I Haven’t Had Any Christmas Tree in 4 Years And I Have Broken My Trimmings And I Want A Pair of Roller Skates And A Book, I Cant Think Of Any Thing More. I Want You To Think Of Something More. Good By. Edsel Ford”
We’re going to write a letter to Santa Claus. But instead of writing as a child, write your letter as an adult at your current age. Believe the unbelievable. Ask Santa for magical things, impossible dreams.
When we’re done, we’ll give you envelopes and you can address the letters and we’ll send them out. We’ll also send out the collaborative poem we’ve done in part one.
You can actually send the individual letters to Santa and see if any get answered later. The address is:
North Polar – Santa Claus
P.O. Box 56099
North Pole, Alaska 99705-1099
Happy writing and Merry Christmas.