Thursday, December 22, 2016

100 years of South Carolina letters to Santa

Making a list

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 3:51 PM

CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS
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As the Charleston Daily News wrote in 1872, “The season is at hand of all seasons, and of all times the most joyous and best. Little hearts beat faster and faster as old Father Time each day takes up a new link of the chain that binds the present to the future and yet divides them. Business becomes a pleasure at this season when Santa Claus, with portly mien and beaming smile, makes the rounds on his grand annual and universal shopping tour.”

So in celebration of the holidays, here’s a look back at a few choice letters to Santa, culled from local newspapers and publications from the past 100 years or so. Through the Great Depression and world wars, some kids remember the spirit of the holidays, while other little jerks ask for yachts. Ponch from “CHiPs” also gets a shout out.

1911

Dearest Santa Claus,

I am a little girl of 10 summers. I wait your presence with great interest ... I help my mamma about the house and also enjoy going to every day school. Well, Santa, I hope you will enjoy Christmas as you have many little friends. So goodbye.

Your little friend,

Anne Myrtle Waters

Dear Santa,

I want you to bring me some candy, apples, oranges, and raisins, and a new suit of clothes. I will thank you very much. I also want a little wagon for my father is very poor, and I am too small to earn a living. I want you to bring all my little school-mates something if you please. I have been a good boy, so please fill a heaping up stocking. I want a drum to make pa sick and drive my mamma crazy. I want a dog I can kick, so he will not get lazy. I want a powder gun to shoot right at sisters Bessie and Annie, and a big trumpet I can toot loud at granny. I want a big false face to scare into fits our baby. I want a little hatchet too, so I can do some chopping upon our piano when mamma goes shopping. I want a nice hard rubber ball to mash all to splinters the mirror and candy that will make me sick so mamma all night will hold me and make papa get the doctor quick and never try to scold me. And, Santa Claus, if papa says I am naughty, just tell him it’s a mistake.

Good-bye Santa,

Niles Pryor

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1918

Dear Santa Claus,
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I am a little boy, 11 years old, but have eaten so much in the past year I am so fat that I can hardly get about. I have been a good little boy since last Christmas. I haven’t been to the picture show but two or three times. I have invested all my money in war savings stamps.

Santa, as it is getting near Christmas, I am going to tell you what I want. To start off with, I want a battleship as large as the Pennsylvania, a railroad train, a private railroad, a subway system, a building the exact reproduction of the Woolworth building, a private yacht, a cotton mill, a telephone system ... a machine gun, a gun that will shoot 70 miles, a Packard automobile, a submarine, a bag of candy, and a tin horn. And Santa, if you think that is too much, you may leave off the bag of candy and the tin horn, but please don’t leave off both of them ...

Your good little boy,

John McKay

Dear Santa,

I am my mamma’s baby girl just 10 years of age. I thank you being so nice to me last Xmas. Santa, it is almost time for you to bring me a nice doll, some apples, oranges, raisins, candy, and some nuts.

Santa, I have a brother in law in France who cannot be with us this Xmas. Santa, cheer up his life by carrying him some fruit and plenty to eat. Please don’t forget him ...

Your little friend,

Lucille Cothran

Dear Santa Claus,

I am a little girl, eight years old. I live at Fountain Inn, S.C. I want you to bring me this Christmas, a big doll that will open and shut her eyes. I want a doll cart and trunk and a tea set. Santa, this is all I will ask for this Christmas. Do not forget my uncles that are in service. I have four uncles in service now ...

Your little girl,

Edith Jewell

Dear Santa,

Xmas is almost here and I have been wondering if you would come to see brother, little sister, and myself. Papa has been sick for some time and we are not expecting much, but would be glad if you would think of us. I would like to have a doll, stove, fruits. Brother says he will be glad to get a train and fruits. Baby sister wants a doll, also a stove. I am eight years old and I go to school. Santa please don’t forget us please.

We will be expecting you, so goodbye,

Wilma Wright and Miles Wright

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1920


I am a good little boy. I’m going to school. I am eight years old. I want a pedal car and a monkey climber and some candy and some of all kinds of fruits. I want a fire wagon and a little wagon with two little mules. Well Santa, times is hard and I want you to bring all you can. So I close for this time to Santa.

C.B. Gibson

Dear Santa,

I am a little boy, seven years old. I would like for you to bring me some useful things. I would like to have a bicycle and a pair of gloves and some good fruits, and candy if times are not too hard for those things; if you will bring me these things, I will promise you I will be a good boy, and please think of my little brother, Randolph, he would like to have some nice things.

Your little friend,

Charles Stacy Jr.

Dear Santa,

Please don’t forget that little brother and I have moved from Leesville to the good town of Gaffney. I want a doll and a table, and brother wants a horn so he can wake up Dad.

Your little girl, that always helps mama,

Sara Edna Taylor

Dear Santa,

I am a little boy, five years old, and I am every bit boy, so you will know what to bring a real boy, such as cap busters, horns, drums, and trains, and also fruits and nuts.

Your little friend,

Wilkes Thomas Parker

Dear Santa Claus,

I am a little girl, eight years old. I have not been to school till this year, and am in the second grade. I study hard and try to make a good mark. Santa Claus, I have been a good girl, so you would come to see me, and I want you to bring me a dolly, a tea set, and lots of nice things to eat. Wishing you a merry Christmas.

Your little friend,

Mandy Lue Leagan

Dear Santa Claus,

I am so glad to write you again. If it don’t cost too much, please bring me a watch, a pair of leggins, a box of shot for my air gun, and some fruits. Don’t forget little sister; she wants a big doll. Papa and mama, also.

Benjamin Moore

My Dear Santa Claus, 
click to enlarge This brief announcement from the Charleston Daily News in 1870 shows the struggle of getting a day off in the newspaper business - CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS
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  • This brief announcement from the Charleston Daily News in 1870 shows the struggle of getting a day off in the newspaper business


I am writing you, as I see the other little folks are writing. I want you to bring me an air rifle, a boy scout suit, a billy goat with white spots on it, and a wagon to drive him to. Please bring me some fruit, candy, and nuts, and don’t forget my mamma and brothers and sister. I will close for this time.

Lots of love,

Frank Cox

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1954

Dear Santa,

I am a little girl, seven years old in the second grade at Leslie School. I want a bassinet and a rocking chair for me and please bring me a surprise. Be good to the little boys and girls as you are to me. I love you and Mrs. Santa

Sarah Lee Cronic

Dear Santa,

I’m six years old, and sometimes I’m good and sometimes I’m bad. Please bring me a toy typewriter, a tea set, a sewing machine set, table tennis set, doll stroller, and a nurse kit, and a watch, and anything else you think I will like. Be good to all the children everywhere.

Annette Love

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1980


Dear Santa Claus,

I have not looked through the catalog yet. I will look when I have time. At school I am the best at math. I like going to school. At home, I clean up. I take my bath by myself and sometimes clean the house when I have time.

Love,

Amy Cooper

Dear Santa Claus,

I want a Ponch and Jon handcuffs, glasses, gun, holster, and keys from “CHiPS” and I want a remote-control Corvette.

Love,

Diallo Hall

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1996


Dear Santa,

How is Rudolph and Dasher and Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen? How is Mrs. Santa? How are you too, Santa? How are your elves? Have a happy Christmas. Can I have a guitar? I would like a computer. I would like a Uno. Can I have a CD game? Can I have a dog? I would like an angel.

I love you, Santa

Christina Scoggins

Dear Santa,

Thanks so much for the toys that you brought me last year. I hope you are happy and well. I have been nice so far. Please bring me one cat, Nintendo 64, Space Jam monstars, one Beast War.

Love,

Ryan Coker

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