Joy to the World: Letters to Santa



(Courtesy of Kathleen Donnelly)
The entire world was unique past pre-COVID Xmas when the Long Beach Island Historical Museum in Beach Haven hosted its once-a-year Christmas Craft Pageant. Young children were being hectic making small gingerbread houses and decorating little trees to acquire house. There was caroling and scorching cocoa with marshmallows. After all the merriment I found 40 letters to Santa that hadn’t designed it to the North Pole. The letters had been sealed, unstamped and with out a return handle. I found them in a storage closet. What to do?
I resolved to open them as it was just after the holiday and they couldn’t be mailed. I trusted that St. Nick experienced instinctively manufactured these youngsters happy.
What a pleasure to behold! The envelopes were being highly decorated with vibrant drawings of elves, wreaths and trees. Some of the envelopes showcased stickers and adhere figures of Mom, Dad and the family members.
I was equipped to estimate the child’s age by the text inside. The more youthful youngsters drew photographs of what they hoped Santa would provide. One little boy sketched a red truck with plenty of wheels. There have been no words at all, but I was shocked at his artwork. I definitely hope he discovered a semi wheeler underneath the tree.
Pokemon and pirate ships ended up a well known wish for quite a few of the kids. Tablets, robots, LEGOs and video clip game titles had been high on the lists. Super Mario and Nintendo ended up often described and, to my shock, spelled correctly. Many of the youngsters wrote the initials VR, which I discovered were digital reality sets. Santa is substantial tech now and would have identified. “Harry Potter stuff” was a well-liked ask for. Many of the small children requested for Eagles “helmitts.”
1 younger female questioned for almost nothing and signed her title in attractive decorative script with a desire for Santa to have “A Mery Cristmas.” Another boy wrote, “You are the very best at selecting prsents.” Yet another youngster requested for an “eye cellphone for Mommy.” Most touching was the notice from Amanda, who questioned Santa for an “Americand dol girl and to make my ant and sister better.”
This 12 months we all could concur with Emily, who was considerably prophetic last December. “I wood like for my household to have a happy calendar year. I have been a superior woman. Be sure to com.” We all will need Santa to arrive, and he will. Have faith and hope.
The great news is that Dr. Fauci declared that Santa and his elves are immune to the virus.
Out of the mouths of youngsters there is frequently wisdom. Leslie wrote, “Dear Santa and Mrs. Clause, I hope youre elves are doing work tough to make everyone joyful all all-around the earth. It is really hard to go close to the globe in 1 nite, but you do it all the time. So Merry Christmas.”
Kathleen Donnelly lives in Beach front Haven Terrace.

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