Sunday, December 28, 2014

Letters to Santa

Every year in December, our local newspaper publishes Letters to Santa. Written by children in the second grade classrooms at the town's three elementary schools, these letters are published as-is. Misspelled words abound, and so do requests for PlayStations and iPads.

Yet the letters also communicate heartfelt wishes that have nothing to do with holiday commercialism. The kids ask about Santa's reindeer, Mrs. Claus, and the elves. They remind us of the things that many of us take for granted - safe homes, cozy beds, warm coats.

My significant other and I read them aloud to each other as we go about our holiday bustling. And always, they make us laugh. Here's a recent favorite, with all due credit to Grace, the author:

Dear Santa,
I would like a teddy bear. Brother (name) would like Tothless. Brother (other name) would like alfa Tothless. Sister (name) would like Amaikin doll. 

Dad and Mom would like to sleep.

How is Rudolph?
Love, Grace

The next time I write anything, I hope to find the spirit of Grace's humor and love moving my pen.

Happy holidays.

Elizabeth Fountain is the author of An Alien's Guide to World Domination and You, Jane. She hasn't written a letter to Santa in years, but is considering composing one of her own for next year. You can find more of her work at


Big Mike said...

Kids are a treasure.

Michael Davis (
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Liz Fountain said...

They make us laugh every day, don't they? Thanks BM!

Gabriella Austen said...

Yes they do.