December 16, 2013
This Little Lady’s Letter To Santa
In one of my final classes, I asked my students to harken back to the magic of youth and write a letter to Santa. It seems silly since I teach college-aged students, but I thought it would be good to have a moment where we stepped back in time to write that letter to Santa so that for just a few minutes we remembered the magic of the season.
See, so often we wrap ourselves up in the stress of the season: gift shopping, parties, family gatherings, a big meal, and all that the holidays bring. Sometimes I know that I focus more on what stresses me out about Christmas than about what is beautiful and kind and good. The holiday season does not have to be stressful. It does not have to be full of bickering and complaining. In fact, we should remember the magic of the holidays. This is what I had hoped my students would experience, even for just a moment.
As a little girl, writing a letter to Santa brought pure bliss to me. Part of it was that I love letter writing…well, I love writing in general. The other part was I felt so happy to send something to the jolly one. I was one of those little kids who addressed the letter as such:
Mr. Santa Claus
And I made my parents take me to the Post Office so that I could drop the letter in the box myself. I even included a self-addressed stamped envelope just in case Santa wanted to write me back. Often, he wrote me back! Now, of course, I realize it is because my parents somehow got the letter from the Post Office, but even now that seems like magic. I mean, have you been to the Post Office lately? They are not the most convivial folks and with good reason, I’m sure.
I loved writing to Santa, loved having that dialogue.
Yes, writing letters to Santa thrilled me, possibly even more than opening presents. So, I figured I would write a letter to Santa bringing my childhood Rayshell back from the memories. If I ask others to do it, surely I can do this too. I need a little magic in my life anyway, and maybe so do you. So here goes:
Hi. How are you? Me? Well, I’m good. I’m excited about the holidays this year. How about you? I guess you are probably focusing on all the little kids sending letters and asking for stuff, huh? Hey, does Mrs. Claus help you pick the presents and put the lists together? I sure hope so cause otherwise she just might feel bored.
Anyway, I know you have read a ton of letters and probably have loads more, but I just wanted to write to you again this year to tell you how much I enjoyed my gifts from last year. I especially liked the necklace. You know the one. It matches everything and is so delicate. Thank you for bringing it to me on behalf of my boyfriend.
I also really enjoyed Christmas dinner with my family. It was so nice to just enjoy our time together without having to rush off. That’s what I like most about Christmas. It is calm for just one day.
You know, I was going to write a list of gifts I would like this year, but it just dawned on me that you don’t really have anyone to send a letter to. Hey, maybe that’s what Mrs. Claus can do. She can act as your personal Santa, Santa. Yeah, that’s a great idea. Then you have someone to write your Dear Santa letter to and she has something to contribute to the operation.
I hope that this year’s holidays are filled with peace, joy, and love for you. Please be safe while you travel to make all the kids happy. And thanks for everything. Every year you are more generous and kind than the last. Thank you for that.
Have a good year!
I know. It’s silly, but I have to say, I feel…magical. And isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
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