I love to read letters to Santa, so I was thrilled to find some in the 1929 Caddo Herald last week and post them to my Caddo blog today. I also have my mother’s letter to Santa in my files. She wrote it when she was five. It’s fun to see what children from the past requested and to imagine their delight on Christmas morning. But it is also astonishing to think about how times and requests have changed.
I look around at all the stuff- toys, games, televisions, gadgets, clothes, shoes- that children have, and I wonder how they even think of something to ask of Santa! But I know they all have lists because they recite them to me and I send them to the paper. I don’t recognize and can’t spell half of what they want! Most things are tied to movies I haven’t seen and celebrities I don’t know. Gone are the days when children want a record player or a doll. They want XYZ brand ____ and Captain Hero ____. Of course the beginnings of that trend are even seen in the 1929 letters when the By-Lo baby doll was all the rage! Each year there is the coveted IT toy. I still remember when the Cabbage Patch doll was so popular.
I don’t remember my own childhood desires, except one, and that was the one thing Santa couldn’t bring. I always wanted a sister! Perhaps God knew what I needed was to be the one and only girl.
Gary and I were talking about Christmas yesterday. We are at the age and stage of life where we really want very little. If we need something we usually find a way to buy it. So we have made a pact to buy each other small “token” gifts for Christmas and save our money for what we really want…another summer trip to the beach. So nice when you can talk to your Santa in person! Lol
Hope you are planning to consult with Santa soon! And don’t forget to plan ahead for your community’s little ones who don’t get many presents.
(The dolls are part of a business I had years ago. Made dozens of these babies!)