You’ve snapped your photos and written your letters to Santa, and probably already hung your stockings with care. Well, here’s one more way to get in touch with Ol’ St. Nick: Santa’s Hotline. Read on to get the scoop on how to dial up your favorite jolly beard-o.

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Ho-Ho So Easy

It couldn’t get easier: all you need is a phone to dial up Santa’s Hotline, a free, international number which connects kids directly to a voicemail box, where they can leave messages at the North Pole. Available throughout the United States as well as 13 countries including France, Sweden and Australia, it’s a simple concept that will add that little extra pinch of magic dust to your holiday.

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Dial up +1-605-47-SANTA (72682)

Your kiddos will hear the following message:

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! This is Santa Claus and you have reached my personal hotline. We have been very busy making all the toys to deliver on Christmas morning, and I want you to know that your family loves you very much and so do I. So, be good and don’t forget to always listen to your parents. When you hear the tone please leave me your Christmas gift wish list and holiday cheer. And, remember kids, I know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Merry Christmas and I’ll see you soon.”

Then at the beep your little elflings can leave their own message to Santa. (Be sure and listen in so you can take notes!) Tip: keep the number handy in your contacts under Santa and surprise your sweeties, perfect for long lines or after-school doldrums. “Siri, call Santa” is sure to illicit a raised eyebrow and giant grin. The hotline, created by David Erickson, CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com, and father of three, who thought of the idea when his daughter was little and he hopes it brings a little more fun to the season. Last year, 9 million kids called in.

Visit the website to learn more and find downloadable flyers you can share with your teacher, family and friends.

Will your kids call Santa this year? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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