I gathered a sampling from several years:
December 21, 1928
We are twins, six years old, and go to school most every day. We go to one of our uncles and you see we have to be awfully good. Santa, we are not hard to please, so bring us what you wish, for you can’t tell which is which, that you can only guess. Bennett and Benjamin Freeny
I thought I’d better write you before it is too late. I am a little boy five years old. I quit fighting yesterday and thought I’d be good now so you will come to see me. I want a red truck and lots of fruit. I have a baby brother you have never seen, be sure and bring him something. Hotuh Freeny
I am a little girl three years old and I want you to bring me a doll, tea table, tea set and fruits, nuts and candy. Jessie wants a doll, a Bobbsey Twins book, and a pair of gloves, also nuts, fruit, and candy. This is all we are asking for this year, but you can bring us anything else you want to. Jessie is writing this for me cause you know I can’t write. Goodbye, Myra Jean Guthrie
Please, I want an airplane that will run on the sidewalk. I want an air gun and two boxes of BBs. I don’t want anything else for other boys and girls need things too. My sisters, Shannon, Jean, and Ruth want Bylo babies and buggies. We all thank you. Your little friend, Bryce Holmes Cochran
I am a little boy seven years old. I am in Mrs. Wilson’s room. She is a good teacher. I want you to bring me a wagon and sleigh, also a top and plenty of nuts and fruit in my stocking. Your friend, Harry Curtis Logan
December 6, 1929
I am a good girl in the second grade at school, have not got a whipping. I want a table and chairs, if you have them. Mother wants a new car and my Daddy wants a Lintoype, but I’m glad it don’t hurt to want. And please don’t forget the other boys and girls. Your little friend, Nina Fay Crossett.
Please send me a pair of skates, doll, doll buggy, a good story book, a pair of rubber boots, wrist watch, a gold ring, a pair of warm gloves, a croquet set, a pair of No. 1 shoes and silk stockings. I am 10 years old. Mary Lee Hickenbottom
How are you now? I am feeling fine. I read in the paper that you had dolls of every kind. I saw that you had dolls that could walk alone. Santa, you will know if I have been good, won’t you? I don’t want much this Christmas, but bring my dog a nickel’s worth of meat and I will put up a stocking for him. I want some silk stockings, a Parcheesi game and two doll dresses. Maxine Gross
I want you to bring me a wagon, sky rockets, electric train, a football, basketball, and a bag of fruit. Bill Semple
I want a set of dishes and a Bylo doll, also a doll buggy and banjo. Esther Schaffer
December 13, 1929
I want a drum and wagon. T. J. Alexander
I am a little girl 5 years old. I do not expect much as I have twin brothers 18 months old and I want you to remember them too. I want a story book, a pair of gloves, a doll, ABC book, and a tablet. I am a good girl. I help mother with the babies and work. Your friend, Joyce Copeland
I’m just a wee girl, but I’m big enough to rock a Bye Lo baby doll in a little red rocker. LaRue Redden
Bring me and my brother some apples and candy and some dolls and toys. Susie Szenasi
I am a three year old boy, am good only when I run off, but am going to quit running off. Please bring me a little truck, a big ball, a fire truck with a bell on it, some candy, apples, nuts, and anything else that you want to. Please don’t forget Myron and Ladell. Donald Gene Shofner
I have been a real good girl this year. I am six years old. I want a pair of skates, a doll, and doll buggy, little trunk, lots of candy, apples, and oranges. Addie Bob McGraw
December 11, 1931
All I wish for Christmas is to know that all my relatives are well and to know that everybody and that each boy and girl has a home, clothing, food, and warmth. Yours truly, Geraldine Dowd.
I wish you would remember me and all other children this year. I do not want to wish for too much, so you can bring other children presents. I would like to have a box of candy, electric stove, a doll bed and a wrist watch. If I don’t get that I’d like to have the watch anyway. I also wish you a merry Christmas. Your friend, Esther Schaffer.
I have tried to be good this year and I hope you are good to me. I want a bicycle and if I can’t get it, I want a pair of skates and a book, but be sure to save plenty for other children. I am also wishing for you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be sure to bring candy and nuts. Love, Bessie Marie Claborn.
I wish you would remember me this year with a book, bicycle, some skates, and fill my stocking with a lot of candy and fruit. Don’t forget other children. With love, Pauline Anderson.
I wish you would remember me this year with a story book and a basketball and bring me some nuts, apples, and candy. Don’t forget other children. Your friend, Gussie.
I wish you would bring me a bicycle, basketball, skates, and gloves. Don’t’ forget other kiddies. Love, Mildred McGraw
I hope you don’t forget me. I want you to bring me a pair of skates, nuts, candy, and apple, oranges, and a pair of shoes, and don’t forget others. Dearly and truly, Josephine Ellis.
December 14, 1934
Please bring me a pair of skates, a Bible, and a pair of gloves. I will thank you very much and will be glad to see you again. Please bring me some fruit, candy, and nuts. So I will close, Santa Claus, sending my love and best wishes. Mary Frances Tisdial
It is about Christmas time. I have been a bad little boy this year. I am 11 years old. I will tell you what I want for this Christmas. I want a football, a pair of slippers, and if you do not mind, I will take a scooter and if you are not too selfish I will take some apples, nuts, and oranges, and I guess that will be all, but I want to tell what my brother wants. He wants a truck, a pair of boots, candy, apples, nuts, oranges. That is all. A. M. Smith
I have been good and bad too, but you bring me something anyhow. Please bring me lots of candy, apples, oranges, and bananas, but don’t bring me pills because they make me sick. Santa Claus, please bring me a doll washer to wash my doll clothes in and you bring me a doll and a pair of boots too. Be sure to bring Miss Carrol a Negro doll. Julia Bell Powell
I want a BB gun and a horn and a knife and some candy for Christmas. Louis Parker
How are you these days? I hope you will come to see me. I am not but 11 years old and in the fifth grade. I want you to bring me a bike and apples, nuts, and candy. Do not forget the other children. Donald Choate
I am writing you so you will know what I want you to give me for Christmas. I wish you would bring me a doll and a suede jacket, some apples and nuts, candy and oranges. I am 11 years old and in the fifth and have been a good girl. Bring my brothers and sisters what they want. Syble McGee