Letters To Santa Have Taken A Sad Turn

Has the “modern family” structure put pressure on children to grow up too quick, or just be more considerate? Letters to Santa usually contain kids’ materialistic desires, but lately they’re more concerned with the happiness of their family and education of their siblings. Via NPR:

This year, postal workers opening and processing letters to Santa Claus have noticed a significant change in tone from years past.

“Normally the letters would be greedy-type things — big televisions, Xbox, Wiis, things of that nature,” Pete Fontana, the head elf in New York City’s main post office, tells NPR’s Robert Siegel. “This year, the letters are single moms, three kids, no winter coats, no shoes, blankets, can’t pay the bills, not enough food in the pantry. So the need has changed tremendously.”

Fontana, who has been working in U.S. Postal Service’s Operation Santa Claus program for 15 years, shares an example:

Dear Santa, my name is Chisertopher. I am 11 years old. I have a sister. her name is bethania. She is 2 years old and I have a brother who is 9 month. If possible we will like some educational toys and some winter clothe. I will like something to make my mommy happy she is getting kimotherapy after a breast sergury. something like a hat or scarf for her. Thank You so much.

[Continues at NPR]

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  • Anon

    So it’s sad that they’re not as greedy? WTF-sounds like people are getting their priorities straight.

    • Anon

      They’re children. Children are supposed self-absorbed because they don’t have the faculties or the resources to be contributing, responsible members of society. For the most part they can’t even spell. It’s sad because this is a sign that children are growing the hell up, fast, and are forced to deal with some cruel realities that they can barely process, let alone handle.

      • Haystack

        I disagree. Children shouldn’t be expected to shoulder the burden of their parents’ problems, but neither should they be so self-absorbed that they aren’t sensitive to how the people around them are feeling.

  • Anon

    So it’s sad that they’re not as greedy? WTF-sounds like people are getting their priorities straight.

  • Anon

    They’re children. Children are supposed self-absorbed because they don’t have the faculties or the resources to be contributing, responsible members of society. For the most part they can’t even spell. It’s sad because this is a sign that children are growing the hell up, fast, and are forced to deal with some cruel realities that they can barely process, let alone handle.

  • Haystack

    I disagree. Children shouldn’t be expected to shoulder the burden of their parents’ problems, but neither should they be so self-absorbed that they aren’t sensitive to how the people around them are feeling.

  • razzlebathbone

    “Those fucking kids should pull themselves up by the bootstraps and get jobs. What are they, fucking retarded or something?”

    -Thomas Sowell

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Goddammit dude! You beat me to the punch! I immediately thought of a line that featured Thomas Sowell opining that the entire Recession was a statistical blip that didn’t exist in wage earners reality…and that these children were clearly deluded because their expectations were too high, creating the illusion of increasing poverty…which is then jumped upon by the liberal press and blown out of proportion…

      …and then I scrolled down and you were already all-up-ons :-(

  • Anonymous

    “Those fucking kids should pull themselves up by the bootstraps and get jobs. What are they, fucking retarded or something?”

    -Thomas Sowell

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Goddammit dude! You beat me to the punch! I immediately thought of a line that featured Thomas Sowell opining that the entire Recession was a statistical blip that didn’t exist in wage earners reality…and that these children were clearly deluded because their expectations were too high, creating the illusion of increasing poverty…which is then jumped upon by the liberal press and blown out of proportion…

    …and then I scrolled down and you were already all-up-ons :-(

  • geust

    Children are inherently evil.

  • geust

    Children are inherently evil.

  • Cookie Puss

    The kid can’t even spell his own name yet can spell “educational”? I think the whole thing is a scam, someone trying to spell and write like a kid but failing miserably. What illiterate 11 year old starts a sentence with “If possible”? I wonder if the NPR reporter did any digging into the writer of the letter.

  • Cookie Puss

    The kid can’t even spell his own name yet can spell “educational”? I think the whole thing is a scam, someone trying to spell and write like a kid but failing miserably. What illiterate 11 year old starts a sentence with “If possible”? I wonder if the NPR reporter did any digging into the writer of the letter.