Letters to Santa
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We’ve all written them – letters to Santa Claus. Whether we lived out in the country, in a village, a town, or even a city, we all sat down with a sheet of paper and a pen, and wrote to jolly old St. Nick, asking for that special toy, dreaming that we’d find it under our tree on Christmas morning.
“The Perth Courier” began to publish some of these letters to Santa, and for many years, in the month of December, we could discover what the local children were hoping to receive, from the man in the red suit.
Here are some of the best letters, and maybe you’ll even see your own!
Sometimes we needed help from an older brother or sister
to make sure that our letters were written as clearly as possible!
Sent to the North Pole
We also had to make sure that we wrote the correct address for the ‘North Pole’ and walked it down the lane, and set it carefully in the mailbox!
1981 Letters to Santa
from “The Perth Courier”
…..and some of the letters were from rural kids.
These ones are from Glen Tay:
This young boy even admits
to being a little bit bad!
1983 Letters to Santa
….and from the kids
at Drummond Central:
…and some more letters to Santa
from Glen Tay:
…and little Debbie even included
a lovely sketch for Santa:
1984 letters to Santa
1983 letters to Santa
from the Perth Daycare Centre
Many of us recall the column called ‘The Private Eye’, and some of the interesting tidbits of news from around Perth that was published each week. In December of 1983, some of the wee tots at the Perth Daycare Centre wrote to Santa, and the Private Eye had a few favourites!
Another letter to Santa found in a battered old shoe box, many years ago, written by a little girl, who only wanted one thing for Christmas…
Dear Santa: I live on the Third Line, not far from Christie Lake. We live in a red brick house, between Glen Tay and DeWitt’s Corners. I hope you can see it from the sky on Christmas Eve. It’s right across the road from George and Merle Korry’s farm, and between Perkins’ and Mitchell’s farms. I have been very good. I got a sticker this year from my Sunday School teacher, Betty Miller, for good attendance, and I try to be good at home, and sometimes I help my mother in the kitchen, and help Dad outside when he needs me. I would like a Beautiful Crissy doll please. She has long red hair and an orange dress. Please bring a Davey Crocket hat for my brother Roger, new skates for Judy and Jackie, and some books for my brother Tim. I will leave some carrots for your reindeer.
Always remember to leave a nice snack for Santa. It’s a long night, and he works very hard.
…….and guess what the little girl found under her tree Christmas morning?
…..the doll she asked for in her letter to Santa!
A reminder to all of us that Christmas Wishes really do come true!
L to R: Jackie Stafford, Arlene Stafford, and Judy Stafford – 1963 at the Stafford house, 3rd Line of Bathurst Township, Lanark County
…and whether you’re young, or not-so-young, whether you write a letter to Santa, or just look up into the clear winter sky, and wish on a star,
Always believe in the magic of Christmas!