Letters to Santa

Naughty or nice, these second-graders know how to plead their case

Busy writing their letters to Santa are Middlesettlements second graders Tyler Verela and Tierra Arden.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Busy writing their letters to Santa are Middlesettlements second graders Tyler Verela and Tierra Arden.

Omar Sanchez, Skyler Noble, Mariah Bradley, teacher's aide Cheryl Merritt, Hayden Carver and Logan Swanner write letters to Santa at Middlesettlements Elementary School.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Omar Sanchez, Skyler Noble, Mariah Bradley, teacher's aide Cheryl Merritt, Hayden Carver and Logan Swanner write letters to Santa at Middlesettlements Elementary School.

Jamie Ogle, second from right, helps out as David Walker, Briana Moreland and Hunter Lee work on their letters to Santa at Middlesettlements Elementary School.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Jamie Ogle, second from right, helps out as David Walker, Briana Moreland and Hunter Lee work on their letters to Santa at Middlesettlements Elementary School.

The fine art of letter writing may be disappearing from our culture, but Santa’s mailbox is still full.

Perhaps there is just not much confidence in the jolly ole elf’s emailing abilities. Whatever the logic, children all across the country still take pencil or crayon to paper to pour their hearts out to Santa, pleading their cases and expressing their wishes.

Sometimes the most poignant message can be found in a few simple sentences. Sometimes you long for “the rest of the story.”

Sometimes you just remember what it was like to be that kid with the hope that maybe, just maybe, Santa will do what no other grown-up in your house seems willing to, whether it be get you that new bike or replace all the fruit in your stocking with Hershey bars.

Second grade teachers at Middlesettlements decided to help their students get their messages to Santa while improving their writing abilities at the same time. The writing assignment from teachers Laurie Pierce, Karen Lewis and Ronda Herron came with a few “musts” and some help in outlining how to write a letter.

Teacher Laurie Pierce said each student had three elements they had to include in their letters to St. Nicholas. The students had to tell Santa whether they had been good or bad, ask for what they wanted, and then they had to thank him for something he gave them last year.

Blount Today is publishing as many of the Middlesettlements letters as space will allow and has the rest of them on-line at www.BlountToday.com.

Dear Santa, I want a dog, a Reba CD and a Barbie Townhouse. I also want an Electric scooter and a dip in dot maker. I am hoping for a Barbie Jet and a cotton candy maker too. I wish you a Merry Christmas. I have been better than usual. This year I did not put the cell-phone in the turkey!!Love, Gracie Holder

Dear Santa, >I want a Video Barbie, and a Pet Shop, My Little Pony, DSi, and a puppy. My sister wants a Video Barbie. I Love you. I wish for a bike and my sister will stop having seizures. I wish for snow for Christmas. Please make my dad rich and cool. Love, Sierra

Dear Santa, How are you? Do you know that it is Christmas? I want a set of roller skates, a soft blanket, a skate bord, and a phone. Thank you for last years stuff. I wonder what you are going to bring me? Love, Baleigh Hooper

Dear Santa, If you bring me a toy I will be happy. If you bring me a shirt I’ll be so happy because I love shirts! I want a Mount Cody Jersey from Alabama. And I want a Tim Tebow Jersey from Denver. From: Kodie

Dear Santa, I hope I get a beagle and the supplies. And an ipod touch maybe with the aps. But I do want a new fan. Also some curtains too, plus some coal too because I have a surprise for someone. Sincerely, Conner

Dear Santa, I want a Barbie video girl for Christmas. I want another pilopet. And I wish you a Merry Christmas. P.S. and tell Rudolph that he needs to keep on shinning. Love, Eden

Dear Santa, How are you doing. How are the reindeer. For Christmas I want a dog, a bow and arrow, a four wheeler, a nice digital camera for my Mom, a good razor for my Dad and some earphones for Cole. And a flash light, a necklace a gold one. Your friend, Logan

Dear Santa, How are doing? I’m doing good. I want a bike for my sister and a bed for my dog and a camera for my mom and a motor cycle for my Dad and a bed for my brother. Love, Mariah

Dear Santa, I hope you come to my house. Please give Jane, Austin and me lots of presents. We will open our present after we go outside and make snow men. We want to go sled down a hill. Go inside and we eat breakfast and drink hot chocolate. Your friend, Ben

Dear Santa, I am Gabriel. I know I have been bad. I feel bad that I made other people feel bad. I am really sorry for everything I did wrong To. Plese put me on the good list. I want a DS for Christmas and DS games. I don’t know what my brothers want for Christmas. If my brothers have been bad please put them on the good list. Love, Gabriel

Dear Santa, Hi! I am going to be a good kid. Can you bring me a chocolate bar in my stock? Please being me a halo reach fake shot gun! A hr toy rocket lancher. And a costume for Corbin too! The costume is June. Oh and the Helmet of June. And a sniper rifle. My costume is Emil helmet. It has a skull on the helmet. Love, Drake

Dear Santa, How are you doing. I am trying to be good. I want a movie, sea monkeys and paper jam. I want a toy car and a camera for my mom. Bring dad a hunt gun for my dad and glow dome for my Brother. I want a geep for my Brothre. I want a toy Bee for my sister. I want a toy dog for my sister. Love, Omar

Dear Santa, I been good. I want a toy pink computer and just one little candy cane by you Santa. I also want a stuffed animal polar bear. I am so excited for you coming Santa for Christmas! Please give me a gift from you Santa please, please give me something. Santa please I’m begging you. I Love you Santa! Love, Chloe

Dear Santa, I want all the zuzu pet world and pet show world. I would also like a make up set, lap top, chapter Books and a scoobydoo washrag for my Sister. Chewy toys for my Dog Sanda soft bed. I want a motorcycle for me and a knife for my cousin. I want a DS and two horses, two cats and two dogs and a tree house too. I want a basketball, boots and a dress. Love, Bella

Dear Santa, Thank you for giving kids, families and homeless people toys, food and baskets with small things in it. All of the kids, families and homeless people like the presents that you give the people. Santa you give us wonderful things to play with. All of the kids, families, homeless people like you. They all like the new things that you got them. Love, Grace

Dear Santa, I am excited about you coming to America. I hope your elfs are busy. You are so cool because you bring us presents. I hope you bring me a hersey bar in my stocking. I hope you bring me a wresler and a UFC fighter and a DS and UFC stadium. Love, Landon

Dear Santa, I want a skateboard and a elf on the shelf. Also I want a hurshy bar in my stoking and I want a dirt bike. Also I want some Backgoogons and I want a toy skate board. Also I want a football helmit and I want a shirt that says I love New York. And my name is Ryan. Love, Ryan

Dear Santa, How are you doing. I am tring to be good and I want a skate-board and my bruther wants a NFL football tickets to wach the Tennessee titians play football and my sisters want a Wii with games and 5 contorers and my mom wants clothes and my dad wants a English bull dog. Love, Hayden

Dear Santa, I want a bunch of Lego Halo wars and a Nurf gun too. I saw you watching TV last Christmas. I have been good all year. Thank you Santa for all you do. Love, Benton Byrum

Dear Santa, I want a ball for Christmas and a hula hoop. I also want some books for Christmas and some markers. I want a bike with a bell and a doll house. I have been good this year. Love, Makayla Tullock

Dear Santa, I want an XBOX 360 and I want a Halo game. I want an army set also for Christmas. I want a DSI too. I want Legos also. I want Junie B. Jones Books. I want a hug from you. I want coloring books and crayons. I want really cool clothes. Love, Joshua Lundy

Dear Santa, I want a xbox360, with kinect, I also want a big nerf gun, and I also want New Super Mario Bros DS. I want a ipad touch, and an ipod and I would like a cool laptop, and I would like a DSi system and I also want a lot of toys. Thank you, Hunter A.

Dear Santa, Why does Ruldoff nose glow Santa. I want a dirt bike for Christmas. My brother and My Mom have been Nauyhty. My dad wants a cross bow. Your Friend, Skyler

Dear Santa, I have wanted an electric scooter. I think I have been good enough. I have been good to my mom, dad, and little sister. I cannot wait until Christmas Eve and to open my presents. under my tree. I hope you have a Good trip around the world. You know everything and you know how old I am. I cannot wait till Christmas Eve when you come to see my family. Sincerely, Cayden Seaton

Dear Santa, I hope that I have Been good enough to have Christmas. I hope you give some thing to the needy people. I know some kids at my school are the needy. You have a happy Christmas. Thank you for the Ironman Toy. Love, Tyson Fudge

Dear Santa, I want a Nerf gun, tanks, and a benten game. I am your number one fan! I was being good this year. Thank you for giving me a dump truck last year. Your Friend, Ray Yarnell

Dear Santa, I want a skate 2 game for the PS2. I also want an Xbox 360. I also a Wii. I also what a skateboard. I just want gloves for Christmas. I was writing neat on the lines and I have been behaving Too. Thank you for the helment a bike last year. Sincerely, Isreal Tyler Verela

Dear Santa, I want a new TV for Christmas. All i want for Christmas is my two front teeth. I am going to my grandfather’s house this Christmas. I am being bad. I will do better. I want to Thank you for the Video game last year. Love, Austin Heller

Dear Santa, I have been good. Santa I want a DS game. I want Bendaroos SticKS, a pictue frame, a big white board, and a hour glass timer. Santa I love you. Love, Courtney Frank

Dear Santa, I have been good this year most of the time. I want a football this year. I want a knife and a case to go with it. I want a paintball gun. I want a hundred dollars. I want a laptop for Christmas. I want a softey vest and for the toy robot last year. Sincerely, Dylan Hord

Dear Santa, I have Ben good. thank you for the wrestling gameboy last year. I would like to have the movie “Grown-ups” and a wrestling belt this year. Love, Noah Rex

Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I wan’t a MP3 player and the morio DS game. I wan’t a wii and the game Connect. Thank you for the Learning computer. I love you so much If don’t get me what I want I will still love you. Please tell the elvss I said hi. Love, Makayla Smith

Dear Santa, I really love you. I really try to be good for Christmas. Santa how do you get the letter? Can you help Haiti? If you do thank you! I really want a computer for Christmas, if you do thank you! If you don’t it’s okay, I still love you. Sincerely, John Garland

Dear Santa, I have been a little bad, but I will try to be good. Thank you for the dinosaur and sketcher. I would like a DQ blizzard maker and a Zhuzhu pet. I am your number 1 fan. Love, Harley James

Dear Santa, I always wanted a baby kitten. I know I haven’t been good, but I can’t help it. I will try to do better. Your elves are so cool. Thank you for that toy truck last year. Sincerely, Charlie Bowerman

Dear Santa, I want a DSi and a game for the DSi. I was good this year. Thank you for the clothes last year. I wish I could see you. I love you so much because you are nice to me. Love, Jacky Salinas-Martinez

Dear Santa, I was being Good and doing my work. I want a Pockemn DS game and Curby-Epic-Yarn DS game. Thank you for the Hot Wheels last year. Sincerely, Logan Yorker

Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I have improved on my reading tests. Thank you for my movies last year. Thank you for my toys. Thank you for my watch. Thank you for my babydoll. Love, Chelsea Groover

Dear Santa, I have been good most of the time I want a bike. I wand a jacket and toy. I also want an Xbox and games to go with it. Thank you for the toy dirt bike last year. Love, Dylan Renaud

Dear Santa, I want a Barbie House, a Pillow Pet and a BabyaLive. I am going to wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope to see you soon. Thank you for the presents you have given me over the years. I hope my friends have been good or bad. I hope you are my friend. I hope you have lots of toys. Love, Aleea Long

Dear Santa, I saw you last year outside on Christmas and one of your elves too. Thanks for all the presents. For Christmas I want a snowboard, skateboard, R.C. car, air hog, roller skates, hot wheels, nerf gun, batteries , coloring book, crayons, scooter, and a Worley bird. I’ve been very nice to my friends. My grades are good too. Love, Benjamin Rohn

Dear Santa, Thank you for my presents last year. I want a baby doll, some Polly pockets, some rings, and some more clip on ear rings. Love, Lily

Dear Santa, I would like to have a game for a Xbox320. I also would like a wrestling toy. I would like to have books. I would like to have a Christmas tree. Love, David Walker

Dear Santa, Can you surprise me with another present? Thank for all the presents. I have been good all the time. I love you Santa Clause. Love, Hunter Lee

Dear Santa, I want an American Girl Doll, camper and tree house. I want a scooter. I want a police Legos, Harry Potter Legos and castle Legos. I want all the Harry Potter Books and all the 39 clue books. I have been nice this year! Love, Amber Woods

Dear Santa, I want a deer target and a toy shot gun. When you come I will have you some cookies and milk. I saw you give me presents and I am going you give you a present too. Love, Ryan Whitson

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a phone, American Girl Doll, treehouse, DSI, Harry Potter Book, Magic Treehouse book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book, Camp Rock Final Jam movie, electric pencil sharpener, and a desk to go in my room. That is what I want for Christmas! Love, Alexis Spicer

Dear Santa, I want a American Girl Julie Albright with her pj's, laptop, Sorry game, DS games- pet shop, Mario cart, Mario brothers, I pod touch, doll bed, Lanie's Camper, AG tree house, DSI, webkin, dog sled, pepper, snow flurry outfit, feel better kit, wheelchair, soccer outfit, caramel hair doll, and videogirl. I have been good this year. Love, Kailee

Dear Santa, I wish you would bring me a floating ball and a jeep for Christmas. I hope you have a good time around the world. I love Christmas. Love, Camron Banks

Dear Santa, I want Star Wars games, Halo games and a Play Station 3. I want an X Box 360. I want a Star Wars books. I also want Lego Batman and Lego Halo. I have been acting good. Hope to see you soon! Love, Ethan Woodruff

Dear Santa, I want a skateboard for Christmas. I want a walk-e-talkie too for Christmas. I want a pair of skate shoes too. I want a DSIXL for Christmas. I have been very good all year for you Santa! Love, Trevor Thompson

Dear Santa, I would like a movie of batman and a book of Spiderman. I also want a Spiderman toy! I also want a Superman movie and a book about Superman. A toy of a football player sounds like fun. I have been good this year! Love, Thomas McCleland

Dear Santa, I want a big hug from you! I would like a big clubhouse from you. I also want a XBOX360 too. I like the movie Santa Pals too. I also want for my whole family to be happy. Love, Briana Moreland

Dear Santa, I want a XBOX360 and some games too. I want a book that the main idea is horses. I want a DSI game, my baby's 1st steps, cooking mama, and the movie The Black Stallion. I have been good all year. I also want a football. I want a toy bear that is black and black boots with white on them. I want a zhu zhu pet named moo and a toy TN walking horse and a shrink a dink snowman. Love, Emily Turbyfill

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