With just under four weeks to go until Christmas, the nation’s children have revealed the presents they would most like to receive this year.
The inside track on how to fulfil their dreams comes from a survey of children’s wishes received by Father Christmas.
Unlike most toy surveys in the run up to Christmas, the findings come directly from the children themselves in letters they have written for Santa and posted via Royal Mail.
Traditional toys continue to hold the top two spots on the list of the ten most wanted presents, with the perennial favourite Lego retaining the top spot.
Bikes have moved up from third place to grab second place this year while video games consoles are a new entry in third place.
Hatchimals leap into fourth place despite not featuring in the list at all in 2016, while scooters drop from second place down to fifth.
Mobile phones drop from fourth spot in 2016 down to sixth this year, with Paw Patrol also taking a tumble from fifth spot to seventh.
Two new entries to the list see Fingerlings and LOL Big Surprise Ball as the eighth and ninth most popular request of Christmas 2017 with Nerf Guns falling from sixth to tenth.
Alex McConnell of Royal Mail who has the task of ensuring children’s letters reach Reindeerland at the North Pole, said: “We are proud that for over 50 years Santa has allowed us to help manage the thousands and thousands of special letters he receives from boys and girls across the UK.
“His special team of elves at Royal Mail enjoy taking a peek at what children are asking for, and helping Santa reply to these special letters.”
There is still a chance for children to write to Santa but to ensure he receives them on time make sure they are written to him using the correct address – Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ – on a stamped envelope no later than Friday December 8.
Don’t forget that Santa needs to know the full name and address of children to reply so please include this in the letter.