Santa’s route never changes. He always visits the homes of all the good little boys and girls. The items on the wish lists of those children do morph over time, however.
This 12.20.22 print edition of The Herald Gazette is packed with hundreds of letters to Santa from kids in the community and, as always, they are full of humor and poignancy.
Toys that have popped up on the wish lists in numbers for the first time this year are Rainbow High Dolls, their first cousins Shadow High Dolls, the Gabby playhouse, robots and virtual reality gaming systems.
Old favorites still dot the lists in large numbers. PS5s, remote controlled cars, iPads, iPhones, X Boxes, and Nintendo handhelds remain favorites as do real live puppies and kittens. Pokemon cards and, in particular, vintage 1999 Pokemon cards have made a comeback.
The lists are as varied as the children who wrote them and their family situations.
Hadley, who is seven, writes, “For Christmas, please bring me good health to my MeeMaw Ruth.” Avery would like “a back pack, books and money to give people”.
Raylan, 8, reveals, “This year I have been nice. For Christmas please bring me a Batman Transformer and for you to heal my whole family.”
Shawn Daniel’s second grade class has been communicating with two children in Africa named Noe Benjamin and Faith and several kids mentioned them in their letters.
Saylah writes, “Please help Faith and Noe to get good toys.”
Carson joins in on the plea with, “…give Noe Benjamin a lot of stuff to eat and play with and a lot of toys. And Faith some food and some toys to play with.”
Then there are the usual funny missives.
Maizy Kelly is effusive and specific in her letter, “I have been very good this year. I hope you bring me a gift on Christmas. I want a Squishmallow, a dead baby shark in a jar and an electric scooter.”
Sami is also specific, seeking “a piano and a hover board”.
Allyson Ridgeway also makes her wishes clear to the man in red. “I have been good this year. I want a horse, a baby cat, a puppy, an iPhone 14, a Miko, it is a smart robot. I want a real baby sister, I want a slime kit and a craft kit,” she asks.
Charae is all about helping Santa with his monumental task, writing, “I hope you and the elves and Ms. Claus have a great Christmas. I wish to help by getting on your sled and putting gifts under the tree. I love the gift you brought last year. How are you guys today? I am 7 and I will be 8 soon. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Mary. Mary who? Mary Christmas Santa.”
Ava Grace also has a joke for Santa, “So, why did the child eat his homework? His teacher told him it would be a piece of cake.”
Leigha closes it out with this list, “This year I have been really nice. For Christmas please bring me $100,000 a puppy and a baby. Thank you and Merry Christmas.”
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