Editorial: Children’s Santa letters bring Christmas cheer
The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year for us because for the last 10 years we’ve had the privilege of reading some of the most enjoyable and insightful works the county can offer — letters to Santa Claus.
Since 2007 we’ve asked the county’s young students to write letters to Ol’ Saint Nicholas for us to share with our readers.
We’ve always been impressed with the amount of letters we’ve received from the schools and some of our fondest memories every year are reading each letter — which number in the hundreds — and delighting in the children’s wishes and heartfelt love for their BFF, Santa Claus.
The hard part is deciding which ones to print for our readers’ enjoyment. It’s a task we take very seriously and hope we haven’t landed on the Naughty List for missing an extra-special request.
We certainly check our lists twice.
This year’s letters did not disappoint.
The contributions from Hardeeville and Ridgeland’s elementary schools, Legacy Christian Academy, Step of Faith Academy, Royal Live Oaks Charter School and Thomas Heyward Academy were funny, sweet and full of enthusiasm.
Some placed a lot of demands on Santa Claus (he has a busy night ahead delivering all those wished-for iPhones) and others ask for the simple stuff that means the most (Oreos, please), but the letters also show the county has an inquisitive group of children.
Many of the letters eschewed asking for presents and instead asked Santa pointed questions: Where do elves come from? How do reindeer fly? Is Rudolph real?
And one child really wants to know how it is possible that in one night Santa Claus can deliver “10,000,000” toys.
With all those tough questions, we see future journalists blossoming.
The children asked for gifts, but some also asked Santa Claus to give presents to kids who are in need. They want Santa to share the goodwill.
They also want to make sure Santa doesn’t go hungry during his journey. From what we read, there will be milk and cookies in abundance.
Sometimes the children tell Santa they love him. We love reading their letters and sharing them with you.
Please grab some milk and cookies of your own before Santa arrives and enjoy the letters.