Letter to Santa come in three varieties.
There are funny letters.
There are sad letters.
There are grocery-list letters.
The funny letters can be filled with misspellings or include inappropriate requests.
One of those letters comes from my child Shel who asked Santa for food and clothes this year. The boy has never missed a meal, generally goes for seconds and thirds and has plenty of clothes to wear. I think he’s just trying to get me in trouble with my mother.
Another funny letter came from Jessica, a third grader who writes: “have any ideas for what we should get mine and brother’s dad for his birthday Dec. 21, 2018 and for Christmas and If you have an ideas for our whole generation even the Carters and the Bushes.”
I’m not sure if the Carters and Bushes are the presidential families or friends of her’s from down the street, but it’s nice to know she is thinking about them.
Sellers Cain from Washington School asked Santa how much he weighed. I wonder that as well.
Kallie Johnson from Washington School asked for a wedge. I didn’t know she was a golfer.
Mary Bain Williams is asking for a YouTube camera because she is in a band with Ann Leighton and Ella Katherine. They are going to be stars on youtube.
Rodrick asked Santa to bring Kiyah some candy and Niya a better attitude. Not sure, but I’m thinking Niya may be on Rodrick’s version of the naughty list.
The funny letters are my favorite, but, as we all know, kids can be both devious and completely honest.
Those children who are completely honest in their letters to Santa can often be heart breaking.
A third grader named Nick asked for a dad.
A boy named Darrell asked for an asthma inhaler and houses for Kimmye and DeDe.
It can go no other way. Children, when presented with the all-knowing, all-giving specter of Santa Claus will put on paper what their most-pressing needs might be.
We should be thankful the paper isn’t full of sad, depressing letters asking for homes and food and clothes.
Mostly, the letters are asking for luxury items likes toys and bikes and Barbie dolls.
It’s a statement on what the wealth of our nation has truly become that the poorest among us still have the means to satisfy some part of their children’s Christmas wishes. We also know the largess of the wealthier spectrum of the community will help fill the gaps when needed.
These letters asking for a litany of the most popular toys are actually the greatest part of our Christmas season.
It means we are doing things right. Our children know the Christmas list is a way to replenish the fun meter left from last year’s round of gift giving.
They also have the full expectation of seeing that list filled when they wake up on Christmas morning.
Now, (My wife doesn’t agree with this) those lists in no way should be completely filled.
Children need to know some want in their life. They need to know that not everything can simply be wished into existence.
The relative cheapness of imported plastic toys these days makes the instant gratification of gift-giving a year-round occasion.
It also makes it difficult to create a big, Ah-Ha moment sometimes on Christmas morning.
Impatience can also keep those big moments from happening on Christmas day as well.
Take, for instance, my wife who couldn’t wait until Christmas morning to allow our new yellow Labrador puppy walk out from under the Christmas Tree. He’s now sleeping at the foot of our bed and playing with the children.
Please take the time to read through the Letters to Santa section found in today’s newspaper. Some of the letters will make you laugh. Some will make you cry. But, most, will make you happy to know we’ve done a pretty decent job raising our children.
Angel alert to all the people who helped with the Giving Tree in Greenville this year to make sure all the children in town have a happy experience on Christmas. Happy birthday to Sam Newsome and Dottie Collins. Send alerts and birthday greetings to the contact information below.
Jon Alverson is proud to be the publisher and editor of the Delta Democrat-Times. Write to him at email@example.com call him at 335-1155.