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Automotive Christmas Special: How to Write a Thank You Letter to Santa Claus

It’s Christmas Day, but we’re still busy opening presents and thinking about the turkey that sleeps in the fridge, while Santa Claus finally has the chance to rest for a minute satisfied with his achievements after a very difficult night.

If you’re a real car enthusiast, chances are that some of your presents have something in common with our four-wheeled friends, so it doesn’t really matter if Santa dropped by with an air freshener or a new hi-fi audio system, a gasoline coupon or who knows, maybe a brand new car.

In the end, every single gift brings a smile to your face, so it’s pretty much obvious that you’ll need to write a thank you letter to Santa Claus, at least if you wish to see him again next year.

Writing a thank you letter however isn’t so easy, especially when you’re doing it for Santa because he knows you better than anyone on Earth. Not to mention that he knows all the tricks in the world, so in case you’re planning to give excessive compliments in your letter, well… you definitely have to avoid doing it.

Before going any further, you should know that this article isn’t by any means technical and it’s pretty different from what you can usually find in our “Auto How To” guide. It’s actually the imagination of a kid who loves cars more than anything else and who thinks that Santa Claus is the only one to make the world better. If you don’t believe Santa Claus exists, stop here.

Always begin your letter with “Dear Santa”. He loves children and calling him “dear” is the best way to remind that his “job” is to make kids and grownups happy every Christmas.

Use the first paragraph to thank Santa for the presents before anything else, it’s very important to be polite all the time. Santa Claus wants to make sure that giving you the things you asked for was a good decision.

Avoid saying anything about cars before praising the reindeers. You love cars, but Santa is an old-fashioned guy and still relies on his 9-reindeerpower sleigh to travel around the world. If you’re a tree-hugger, it would be a good idea to bring electric cars into discussion, but don’t go too far with it. Never, never claim that you think electric cars are great because they protect the reindeers. Santa has a super power to detect your lies.

Describe your passion for cars in a good way and never talk about speeding. Santa believes that cars are dangerous for kids every time you
exceed speed limits, so you may upset him. If you’ve been pulled over by the police, admit it and promise you’ll never do it again in the future.

Promise Santa that you won’t break the rules next year and that you intend to take care of you car as if it were one of your family members. You will wash it regularly, control it gently and you will never, never scratch it.

Talk to Santa about future car technologies, the old guy knows everything about what’s under the hood of a vehicle and Mrs. Clause isn’t so chatty when it comes to head-up displays and things like that.

Last but not least, Santa Claus likes to read about happy families, so don’t forget to mention that you use your car to spend more time with your wife and kids and you love to go on road trips. Give him a hint about the things you’d like to receive next year, but always underline that you’ll provide more info in another letter. This way, Santa knows that he will hear from you again in a short time.

Of course, all the above are just some tips on how to get along with Santa Claus, and because we believe in the power of example, here’s our very own letter we’re going to send next week.

Dear Santa,

Thank you for the new MP3 player, that was exactly what I needed to make driving a bit more pleasant. I must admit that I was a bit surprised this morning when I saw the new device under the Christmas tree, I always knew you love me, but I was afraid this may be a little bit too expensive.

How’s Mrs. Clause? Hope she’s doing fine. What about the reindeers? I bet they’re tired, it’s hard to do such a great job every year, they definitely deserve the best. Still can’t believe they’re so much faster than traditional cars.

Although I must admit that green vehicles are getting more popular by day. Have you heard of Nissan Leaf? That’s what I call innovative technology, even if some people believe an electric car destroys the spirit of gasoline engines. But the industry is changing, there’s no doubt about it.

Did I mention that I’m still trying to get used to my new turbo engine? I don’t know why but every time I press the throttle I break the speed limit, this brought me two speeding tickets a few months ago. I’ll never do that again, that’s for sure.

That’s one of my New Year’s resolutions actually, I hope to drive safer in 2012 and be as kind as possible. To both my car and the other drivers. That’s one of the things every driver should try in the end…

But enough about me, have you heard of Volvo’s City Safety? It’s already available on a number of cars sold by Volvo and it does such a great thing at avoiding car accidents that usually take place within cities. The vehicles are equipped with a front camera that measures the distance to an object in front of the car and the speed, and in case it detects that an impact is about to happen, it automatically brakes down the car. That’s pretty efficient, I’m telling you!

I like it so much that I’d love to buy one next year, although that would really be expensive. But Volvo S60 looks great and who knows, maybe I’ll win the lottery and this way I could afford one…

Well, Santa, goodbye for now, I’ll let you sleep now, I know you’re tired. You’ll hear again from me very soon, there are so many things to talk to you about. Sleep tight!

Yours Sincerely,
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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