It’s that time of year again – the time I look forward to with a smile of anticipation and a gleam in my eye. The time when the newspaper prints children’s letters to Santa.
Oh, my word, how I love those letters.
This year the letters (all from first graders) seemed less greedy than in previous years, which is nice. I recall one wee girl last year who wanted a diamond ring. (Don’t we all, honey.) My older kids and I love reading these letters out loud though our youngest child – whose letter is amongst the ones printed this year – doesn’t understand the humor we find in her classmates epistles.
I decided to give you a few excerpts from this year’s batch of letters, with my daughter’s full letter at the end…and a “just for the record” explanation of her wishes!
Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl. How is Mrs. Claus? Do you sing Christmas songs in the sleigh? I hope you like our cookies…
Dear Santa, Do you like ice?
Dear Santa, Can I pet your reindeer?
Dear Santa, How are the elves? I love you Santa.
Dear Santa, Thank you for our gifts. Is it fun to ride in a sleigh? Please bring me a puppy. Thank you, Santa.
Dear Santa, When are you coming?
Dear Santa, I have been thankful for [my brother] because I like him.
Dear Santa, I help my mom set the table.
Dear Santa, I have said kind words to my sister and my parents.
Dear Santa, I want to help the world. Please can I have playdoh. Thank you.
Dear Santa, Sometimes my room gets messed up, but then I clean it up.
Dear Santa, Do you get presents for Christmas?
Dear Santa, Am I on the good list?
Dear Santa, I want walkie-talkies please…for my sister I want chapstick. For my baby brother, I want him to have
toys…for my dad, he wants a car…
Dear Santa, I think I want a new dog.
Dear Santa, I think I was a good girl.
Dear Santa, Will you please bring me socks?
Dear Santa, What do you do all year long? How often do the elves go to the dentist?
Dear Santa, I want…a REAL race car, the one that uses gas.
And finally, my favorite letter: Which, interestingly, is not signed “love” or even “your friend” as most of the letters were…but simply signed with her name.
Dear Santa, My name is Lucy. This year I have been quite good. What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is an iPad because my family has one but I don’t. If your elves are not too busy I would also like an iPod. I promise to leave you some chocolate milk and cookies on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! Lucy.
I am not entirely sure what to make of this letter, but one thing is for sure, she belongs to a tech-savvy family, can you tell? Please hear me, however, when I say that her entire family does NOT have iPads! I do not, and the only reason that her brother and sister do is because they have them through school and when summer comes and they have to turn them in they will go bonkers. My husband does have one, but it’s through work. I just feel the need to explain all of that! Also, I’m certain that the reason she wants an iPod is because she loves music and has been walking around with an ancient walkman CD player which breaks its volume control every time she drops it…which is fairly frequently.
I told Lucy, as gently as I could, that Santa wasn’t likely to bring her those things. She didn’t look me in the eye when she replied, but she said cheerfully enough, “I know. It’s you and Daddy who bring the presents, anyway.” She walked away, and I was left feeling slightly bad and slightly glad and slightly confused about what I ought to be feeling.
It’s hard to compete with Santa.
Here’s my letter to the Jolly Old Elf:
Dear Santa, Please give me the gift of time…and the wisdom to know how to use it.