Do little boys and girls have visions of technology in their dreams this time of year, instead of sugar plums? According to most of this year’s letters to Santa from Cheraw Primary School students, they do.
The requests for various technical devices is rampant among the generation that’s just learned to tie their shoes. Kindergartners who struggle to write their own name still, have no problem writing X-Box 360, Kindle Fire, or I-phone 5 with precision.
They may not have “Dear Santa” down pat yet, but each and every letter and number of these technical visions are turned in the right direction.
The more traditional requests still exist. Children still ask for baby dolls, bicycles, toy cars and trucks, puppies, kittens and drums. But more often than not, the same letter requests a touch screen phone, computer game, or some sort of technical device.
Is technology taking over the toy industry? Has anyone told Santa? Perhaps the “Elf on the Shelf” told Santa to be glad the children are still writing letters, instead of sending text messages?
The children are not only asking for things from Santa, they’re asking about Santa. How are the reindeer? How is Mrs. Claus?
At least one child indicated concern about Santa’s health. “Dear Santa, you are fat,” the letter read. The same child offered Santa food when he arrives Christmas Eve.
Regardless of what the children are asking for, the tradition of sending letters to the North Pole remains unchanged.
According to information from the United States Postal Service, children have been sending letters through the mail for more than a century. In 1912 Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and citizens to respond to letters expressing serious need. That marked the beginning of programs such as Letters to Santa, which the USPS still operates nationwide.
Also unchanged, is the how the magic of Christmas is captured and delivered each year through the words of a child. Enjoy these quotes from various letters that are now on their way to the North Pole.
“Dear Santa, Am I on the good or bad list? I want a ipad if I am on the good list.”
“Dear Santa, I was good theis weak.”
“I hope you give me everything I want.”
“Dear Santa, I ben good. I love Christmas.”
“Please give my brother switchis for Christmas.”
“I’ve been pretty good this year. I took care of my dog. I want cash.”
There’s one more letter that’s not yet in the mail. It begins, “Dear Santa, What is a sugar plum?”
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.