Anatomy of a “Dear Santa” Letter

                        Worchester Democrat and the Ledger-Enterprise (Pocomoke City, MD), December 23, 1922

By the late 19th century, newspapers began to publish “Dear Santa” letters. They speak for themselves— Enjoy!

 It’s good to be bad…for now.

Just in case Santa didn’t update his address book.

All you can eat buffet for Christmas Day!

Departing North Pole for Motor City, USA.

The simple requests of a future accountant.


                                         The Mountainair Independent (Mountainair, NM), December 19, 1918

Santa must address the elephant in the room.

All Monkey Business.

Mice is Nice.

“Donkeys are on back order, but the rest I can do.”

This Home is Protected by Red Ryder.


                                                         Richmond Dispatch (Richmond, VA), December 19, 1897

I love you more today than yesterday. But not as much as tomorrow.

Why can’t all of the children be this easy?

Mr. Santa Claus + 1 will be attending.

“Santa sees me for who I really am.”

“Maybe a ‘big old wagon’ would suit you better.”


The Mountainair Independent (Mountainair, NM), December 18, 1919


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