“Letters to Santa,”
published in the local newspapers everywhere, are ever-popular,
as reflected by these letters from Miss Alma Harrell’s fourth
grade class in Avon Park published on the front page of the Avon
Park Sun Dec. 14, 1951.
Dear Santa Claus, I want a pair of boots; Eileen wants a pair
of boots; Ronnie wants a pair of boots and a football suit.
Barbara and Johnnie want a horse. Joyce wants a little baby dog.
I can’t tell what everybody wants, but Santa, you know what they
want, so bring it to them. - Love, Freddie Sachsenmaier
Dear Santa Claus, How are you? Thank you for the toys you got
me last year. Will you get me a watch for Christmas? Your
friend, Kenneth Long.
Dear Santa Claus, Will you please bring me a Daisy thousand
shot B-B gun, a saddle blanket for my horse, a collar and a dish
for my puppy, and a ball of yarn for my kitties? I want you to
give Mother a coat, a dress, some silverware, a skirt, and a
sewing machine so she can sew. I want you to give my Daddy a
pair of shoes, four pairs of blue jeans, a chair and a radio,
and most of all for us a “51 Ford” to drive to work every
morning and home every night with red and green seat covers.
Will you bring my aunt a pure gold necklace, a dress, and $2,000
for Christmas? Will you bring my uncle a truck to haul his
cattle in, $2,000, a necklace and a pair of jeans? Your friend,
Dear Santa Claus, I thank you for the five dollars that you
gave me for Christmas last year. I thank you for the apple and
jug of hire tonic too. Our whole family wants a record player
and a radio. I’d like a bicycle. Your friend, Sherman Brawdy.
Dear Santa, I want a big doll that can cry and that has
clothes. I hope you and your wife have a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year. My Mother took us to town and let us look at the
toys. I asked her if I could have a tea set, and she said “I
guess so.” Your friend, Claire Maxwell
And as the newspaper article said, “Santa Claus, please note!
These letters were addressed to you and their contents should be
placed in your urgent file.”