A beloved family heirloom that is being enjoyed all around the globe as a remembrance of more straightforward times is being passed down from generation to generation. This is a letter that Homer Mellen, Laurie Bloomfield’s grandpa, wrote in 1915, perhaps around the time of Christmas. When Homer wrote the letter to Santa, he was just seven years old at the time. It said there,
“Dear Santa Claus, I would appreciate it if you could give me a nine-cent reader, a box of paints, and a school bag to put them all in.
Thank you. And if you happen to have any extra peanuts, candy, or toys lying around, it would be much appreciated if you could send some my way. And a little kid of seven years old will be pleased with you.”
This heartfelt letter was carefully preserved by the family and handed down from one generation to the next, however, in 2013, after another little child went viral with her lavish Christmas list, Laurie decided to make it public knowledge.
When reading his daughter’s extravagant wish list for Christmas, Drew Magary couldn’t help but crack up laughing. His daughter is just seven years old. The wishlist included just a few things that were really possible.
However, the remaining requests ranged from entirely reasonable to extremely absurd, such as “A small object that can morph into anything at any moment.” These requests were for expensive products like $1,000 and an iPod Touch.
Drew just could not contain his excitement as he shared his daughter’s selection with his funny remarks. And it’s certain to give you a nice belly chuckle. Regarding the letter that her grandpa sent to Santa, Laurie comments that it “[was] a tribute to a period when things were more simpler.”
The Santa Letters written in the past and those written now are quite different in many ways as the list that Homer provided was brief and concentrated on a few useful presents.
Any luxuries (toys, sweets, or nuts) were seen as a bonus, and Santa would only “spare” them if he thought it was appropriate. On the other hand, children of today often have the expectation that there will be a multitude of gifts beneath the tree rather than just one or two.
They are particularly interested in receiving expensive goods of luxury. In addition, the majority of the “must-have” presents are useless in everyday life.
The fact that the letter Homer sent to Santa in 1915 is written in cursive brings up another fascinating point to consider about the letter. How many children age 7 nowadays even want to learn how to write in cursive, much alone have the ability to do so?