From the Publisher
In this age of instant coffee, fast food, jiffy-cooking, overnight rush deliveries, and the 30-second News media, it's not surprising that children have discovered that their letters to Santa can be sent by email. Then too it is not surprising that Santa can respond instantly! Emails in this book were collected from the website: Merry-Christmas.com. The majority of the letters to Santa are filled with great humor and will bring back fond holiday memories. Some of the letters will make you laugh out loud and most leave you smiling. It is encouraging to note that many letters that children wrote to Santa were filled with requests for others rather than for toys and gifts for themselves. This book includes an important section titled: Letters Santa Reads With a Heavy Heart. Here you will read genuine appeals not to be forgotten, and requests for Santa to provide help for the writer's family and friends. It is recommended you have tissues on hand when reading through this section. Though sadness is not an emotion associated with Christmas and especially with letters to Santa, these letters reflect the spirit of what many children are writing. They may help many realize how lucky they truly are and at least gives one thoughts on the importance of reaching out to those in need.
Another aspect brought out by this book is the realization that Santa Claus is truly believed by children all over the world. The many emails written from every continent and almost every country is truly encouraging. The realization is that the magic of the Christmas holidays and of jolly North Pole elves is truly global and transcends all barriers through these wonderful letters.
From the Author
Our family has always loved and enjoyed the Christmas holiday season. We created this website and published this book as a community service to share with all children the magic of Christmas. I have tried to keep the flavor of these letters to Santa while editing them lightly to make them easier to read and understand. In reading the many thousands of letters I have strengthened my optimism for the future of our world. These letters reflect not only on these neat little kids, but also on their parents, teachers, and families for surrounding them with a world of support, optimism, and love.