Lindbergh fourth-graders tell Santa what they want for Christmas

Originally Published on: Dec. 23, 2009

Fourth-graders at three Lindbergh elementary schools — Crestwood, Kennerly and Truman — wrote the following letters to Santa Claus:

Dear Santa,

Hi. How are you doing? I bet you and the elves are very busy at this time of year. Good luck on Christmas Eve. How is Mrs. Claus? What are the reindeer up to these days? All I want for Christmas are the Hopscotch Rabbit family from the Calico Critters, the Hopscotch Rabbit twins and the kitchen set. I will try to be nice to my sister even when I am very very mad at her. I will try to manage my time better.

I will help my mom more, and I will try not to say anything disrespectful. That is what I want for Christmas and what I will do to get them.

Best wishes, Rachel

Dear Santa Claus,

Hi. I hope I have been good this year. I bet your elves have been working hard every year for the good boys and girls.

It must be really cold in the North Pole. How is Mrs. Claus doing over there? Are you kind of tired every year going to people’s houses. You must be tired at least.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Of course, your favorite holiday is Christmas, too, because you’re Santa Claus. You have to like Christmas as your favorite holiday.

I bet all of your reindeer are really tired of all of that work you do on every Christmas day. I feel so excited on Christmas. I look at the snow outside. I just love it so much.

By Nick

Dear Santa,

I hope I am on the good list. How are you? How is Mrs. Claus? I am great. I just recuperated from the tummy flu. We are still putting ornaments on the tree.

My family is fine, but my sister Carolyn is losing her voice. I want lots of things for Christmas. Merry Christmas. Bye-bye now.

Stay safe.

Love, Ellen

Dear Santa Claus,

Merry Christmas. I memorized the first part of “The Night Before Christmas.” Here goes. “‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nickolas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.”

How was that? You know Christmas is not about getting, it’s about giving. You probably already know that. How’s Mrs. Claus? How are the reindeer? Have I been good this year? Anyway, you probably are busy, so I’ll stop blabbing.

Love, Clara

Dear Santa,

I can’t wait until Christmas is here. I have been a really good boy this year. My brothers have been really good boys too. I hope you get them what they want. It must be really cold at the North Pole because it’s really cold in St. Louis. It’s probably 10 times colder in the North Pole. I bet you have already made tons of toys for kids around the world. All I want is an electric scooter and a weight set. I also want for all the kids without homes to get toys and to find a home.

That’s all I want for Christmas.

Sincerely, Ian

Dear Santa,

Thank you for giving me lots of presents each year. Do your powers only come on Christmas? Anyway, a lot of kids say you’re not real, but you can always count on me to believe. Well please let other kids have a great Christmas because I know I will.

Sincerely, Jordan

P.S. I live in Missouri.

Dear Santa,

Thanks for all the presents you gave me in the past. This year I want Calico Critters, the nurse set, the dentist set and the cheerleader set. This year I am going to be at my grandma and grandpa’s house for Christmas. We will put out cookies and milk for you, too.


P.S. We will put out our fire before we go to bed.

Dear Santa,

I always will believe in you. Every year I get the best presents from you. You are very sneaky. Every year my mom and I bake cookies for you and you always eat them. There are a million things I could say about you. Have the best Christmas.

Snowy, sweet, swonderful Santa. Amazing, always on time. New presents, nice, knows everything. Talented, toys, tons of coolness. Allowed to go into people’s houses. Always nice.

Love, Ariana

Dear Santa,

You slide down my chimney in the middle of the night. You try to get to everyone’s house in one little flight. You fly to the U.S. to Tokyo to Japan. I hope you like your cookies and milk, my dear old man.

Sincerely, Cardine

P.S. I hope you didn’t kiss my mom and try not to run my grandma over on Christmas Eve.

Dear Santa,

I would like for you to bring extra joy to the homeless people. Please make it to where the kids in the hospitals are able to be with their families. Please give homeless people some shelter. I want everyone to have Christmas with their family. Give the animals more trees, shelter and food.

Please find a way to make diabetes not so miserable. Protect our heroic U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, keep them safe and protected. Be safe delivering the presents, Santa.

Sincerely, Ben

Dear Santa,

I want a PlayStation 3 and the game Modern Warfare 2 to play. I wish that people would stop littering in the creeks, so kids can play in them again and have fun.

Your friend, Patrick

Dear Santa,

I have been OK this year. I have quite a few toys I want for Christmas, but what I really want is a girl golden retriever puppy. If I get a girl golden retriever puppy, I would name her Daisy. We would play together all day — other than school.

If I could get a dog it would teach me to be more responsible. I would clean up everything that’s mine. Instead of playing video games, I would walk, train and play with Daisy. I hope you understand.

Now I want to learn more about you. What’s the best cookie you ever ate? Do you ever work out? How many elves do you have? Did you name your reindeer yourself? Do you go on vacation? Do you like Oreos? Who made your red suit? How many houses do you visit on Christmas Eve?

Have your pants got too big ever? Do you celebrate Christmas with your wife and the elves? Do you drink coffee? What about hot chocolate with marshmallows? Do kids ever try to spy on you? Do you prefer store bought cookies or home made cookies? About how many kids a year want a game system for Christmas? What about clothing? Do you love kids?

I hope you think about my questions. Have a very merry Christmas.

Love, Ally

Dear Santa,

How is Mrs. Claus? I want many things for Christmas. I know your elves can’t make all of the toys I want, so I will just tell you some of the gifts I want. For Christmas I want the new Spycar (that can see and hear), an iPod touch 18-gb, some new hoodies and jeans, a Wii or Xbox 360, EyeClops (night-vision goggles), and last but not least, I’d like some iTunes gift cards.

Sincerely, Blake

P.S. Merry Christmas

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I would like an ATV. I can ride an ATV at St. Joe’s State Park and at my cousin’s farm. I would also like a skateboard. I also would like a double-barrel shotgun from Nerf. My final toy is a PlayStation 2 game called Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden. Have I been good or bad? I hope I get that stuff.

Sincerely, Brandon

Dear Santa,

How are you? How was your flight last year? Are you allergic to nuts? How’s the workshop? How old are you? I hope Rudolph’s nose does not fall off.

Sincerely, Adam

Dear Santa,

How is Mrs. Claus doing? How are all the reindeer? I would like a Webkinz hamster and a style 1950s game.

Sincerely, Megan

Dear Santa,

How is the North Pole? How is Donner, Prancer, Dancer, Vixen, Cupid, Comet, Blitzen and Rudolph? How is Mrs. Claus in this cold weather? (We’re getting flurries). I hope nobody gets sick up there. How do you keep the elves warm? Do you have any kids? (I would love to meet them if you do). Are your elves’ dogs (and cats) small? I bet you have work to do so I will stop babbling. Have a good day. Merry Christmas. Ho-Ho.

Sincerely, Lily

Dear Santa,

I bet the North Pole is really busy. How is Mrs. Claus doing? I’m not so sure what I want for Christmas yet. Well, there has been something on my mind. The American Girl Doll Kit. I don’t really know what else. I will be thinking about it though.

Thank you, Megan

Dear Santa,

I bet the elves are so busy, but I want you to tell them to have a very, very merry Christmas. Thank you for the candy you left in my stocking. My sister said, “Fred Claus was very good.” I did not see it yet. My brother ate all his candy so he started eating mine and my sister’s candy.

Have a very merry Christmas.

Love, Sophie

Dear Santa,

I want this to be the best Christmas yet. Wait, don’t leave, there’s more. I would also like a FurReal friend named Biskut. It’s pretty expensive for what it does. It’s $200. It’s going to be hard to collect $200, but I think I can raise the money.

You have done an excellent job these past years. I think you can grant my wish. The problem with raising the money is once I get a dollar in my pocket it magically flies out of my pocket and turns into toys.

A fourth-grade student, Ayu

P.S. Say hi to the elves for me. Don’t think I don’t remember when you kissed my mommy under the mistletoe. I will never forget when you ran Grandma over with your reindeer. When I put my shoes out, I got carrots. Explain that.

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I really want a camera and an iPod touch, but I think I might be getting the iPod touch from my mom. Thanks for all your help and thanks for all the presents that you brought to me, my brother and sister. Say hi to the elves for me.

Love, Emily

Dear Santa,

This year for Christmas I want a PSP, Wrestling 010 for Wii and a Webkinz. I also want it to snow on Christmas.

Sincerely, Joel

Dear Santa,

You have been doing a great job the past few years delivering all of the gifts to children all over the world. I hope the elves have made a lot of the toys because Christmas is right around the corner. I didn’t know if you knew this but for Christmas I would really like NHL 2K10 for the Wii game system. I would also like an iPod touch but, I don’t need that, one gift is enough.

Well, you still have to read all of the other kids’ letters so bye for now.

Sincerely, Ben

P.S. Will you say hi to the elves for me?

Dear Santa,

This year I have some Christmas wishes that I would like to ask of you. One wish is for you to deliver books, games, toys and movies to the children in the hospital with life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer, brain tumors, leukemia and more. If they have to stay in the hospital for a while, then this will give them something to do and hopefully cheer them up.

Another thing I would like to ask is to make sure that the less fortunate have what they need. Please provide them with food, water, shelter and some gifts. If they have these things, then maybe they’ll have a better Christmas.

Finally, I would like to ask you to make sure our heroic U.S. soldiers are protected and safe while they are in Iraq or Afghanistan. Maybe they could somehow have a chance to communicate with their families. Also, make sure that they get home safe and sound. So Santa can you please try to make these few things happen? Thank you so much.

A Kennerly kid, Elizabeth

Dear Santa Claus,

I would be very happy if you would be so kind as to read the wish lists of children with cancer. They are suffering badly and have their own hopes. But they are not the only people who need your help. Single adults who have no source of gifts are everywhere. Homeless people have their own hopes and dreams, too.

It would really brighten a less fortunate person’s day if they would wake up on Christmas morning to find a glittering Christmas tree. I will not forget to send you a present. You are being very generous to the world, but no one is being generous to you.

Sincerely, John

Dear Santa,

I only want a couple of things for Christmas. The first thing I want is for people less fortunate to get most of what they need, that way next year they can get some of what they need and some of what they want.

My second wish isn’t that big. I just want something for my grandma’s dog. My grandma said she wanted a snuggie for Cricket, our pug. I think she will look so cute in it. The last thing I want is a few presents for my brother and I, and some candy in our stockings.

Since my mom has done so much for us, could you bring her something nice? Could you also bring my Grandma Karen something nice, too? she just had surgery on her knee, and she’d really like some Butterfinger candy bars. I would like that if you could please make that happen I would be so happy. Thank you.

Sincerely, Madie

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas. Do you know what I want for Christmas? Oh, you do — so sit back, relax and grab a couple of cookies. Santa, I am upset with our economy and I’m afraid it may not be able to be fixed. People are getting credit card bills and sometimes they are too much to pay. I wish this could just go away.

Santa, can you do three favors for me? The first one is to make sure people in Iraq are safe and sound. The second favor is to give toys, food, blankets and water to children in South America. Finally, the last favor is for you to keep an eye on my Dad, Mom, Mark and everybody else I know and care about.

Thank you, Santa, and I hope you have a merry Christmas.

Love, Danielle

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I want you to give less fortunate people and other poor or homeless people at least one present for Christmas. I also think you should bring the soldiers and other people in Iraq presents, too. Also, could you make sure that everyone has blankets, clothes and food and if they don’t could you give them some? I hope you bring presents to all the kids in hospitals or in comas. I think you should bring books to all the people who know how to read, and for people who don’t, give them something to help them learn how to read. Thank you for reading this letter, Santa, and I hope you have a merry Christmas.

Sincerely, Colin

Dear Santa,

How are you doing? This time of year is always busy, so I hope it doesn’t make you crabby.

This year I have three Christmas wishes to make. First of all, could you watch over heroic U.S. troops in Iraq and Baghdad? Keep them safe and warm.

Next, would you give the people who are less fortunate than me the things that they need in order to survive? These things may include food, clean water, clothes and more.

Finally, would you take a bag of toys, books and activities to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the kids who can’t go home for Christmas? They have to miss being at home with their families, so this may cheer them up a little bit. Thank you and don’t get too stressed. I’m sure you can handle it.

A Kennerly kid, Libby

Dear Santa,

One of my wishes is that my teacher’s son will come back from Iraq safely and quickly. I also want to make blankets, sweaters, and other kinds of clothing for the U.S. soldiers — because it gets cold at night in the desert.

Please protect our U.S. soldiers who are spending their holidays in Iraq and Afghanistan. Try to reunite them with their families. I’d also like to make clothing for the homeless. Please make sure that kids whose families don’t have jobs still get gifts, too. It would really make me happy if you could make all of this happen.

I hope you eat lots of cookies, but don’t eat too many, you might get sick. We really wouldn’t want that to happen, now would we?

Sincerely, Brandon

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I would like if you could bring presents to the less fortunate kids who only get one toy a year. Can you please give the less fortunate a ton of toys? I’m sure they’d love to have a new home, too.

Also, I would like if you could watch over our soldiers in Iraq, and bring them back safely so that they may be with their families once again. Thank you and have a good Christmas.

Sincerely, Austin

Dear Santa,

This year I would like to know if you could make sure that all children have food, water, clothing and shelter. Also, please protect our heroic U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Keep them safe and sound, and bring them back to their families. Then, if you can find a cure for all life-threatening diseases so that the children that are in the hospital can get well and go back to their families and celebrate Christmas. Those are my Christmas wishes this year.

Love, Erica

Dear Santa Claus,

Santa can you please do me a favor. If the answer was yes, which I hope it was. Well, anyway my favor was that I was hoping that you could bring more important things to less fortunate people and the people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I had a few ideas of what you could maybe hopefully do. My first idea was that you could maybe do is bring people that don’t have homes warmth and food. My last idea was that you could give U.S. heroes protection. Whatever you do, thanks.

Your friend, Collin

Dear Santa,

I want my Christmas present to be to cure all types of cancer. I think that kids and adults in the hospital that have cancer should have a chance to go outside and do stuff they could not do with cancer.

So pretty please with a thousand cherries on top try to stop cancer. Kids who have cancer should wake up and feel good.

Love, Isabella

Dear Santa Claus,

Santa, can you do me a favor this year? Could you please help the kids whose parents are in Iraq? Please send the kids’ parents home this Christmas. I’m sure that would make them very happy. If the kids’ parents can’t come home, then can you make sure that they’re safe?

Please also give the kids nice presents so they know that they are really thought about. My Christmas wish is for you to bring all of the families together. Thank you, Santa. I hope you also have a good Christmas.

Sincerely, Madison

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I would like you to bring toys to the children who don’t have any and also to the children in hospitals so they will be happy. I would also like you to give homes and clothes to the homeless. I hope for you to watch over and help the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please help the kids without a family by giving them a family. Also, make Christmas great for the less fortunate children so they will be happy and not sad. Everyone deserves to be happy, especially on Christmas and especially with their family.

My wish is for you to make this a great Christmas for everyone.

Sincerely, Tony

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I would like a little school supplies from Santa Claus. I would like some glue, markers, new pencils and a pencil sharpener.

Next, I would like all my friends to get what they are asking for, and for their Christmas to be the best there ever was. Finally, I hope everyone has a great time when they go to one of their family’s houses to eat, play and have fun.

Your friend, Reese

Dear Santa Claus,

How are you doing this year? I’ m doing great. For Christmas I have a lot of wishes and here is one of them. I want everyone in the world to have at least five presents because maybe they don’t even get presents on Christmas.

Also, I want everyone in the world to have a family to spend Christmas with. Secondly, I want the less fortunate people to have what they need and that includes money. I also want all life-threatening diseases such as cancer, leukemia and brain tumors to have a cure.

But mostly I want everybody in the world to have a spectacular Christmas. Hope you have a jolly Christmas too, Santa.

Your friend, Alyssa

Dear Santa Claus,

I wish that our class could gather canned goods to give to the homeless in need, also take them to vacation if they never went before. Probably I can go with them because my whole family is driving me nuts in this household and I can’t take it anymore.

So I guess I will ask Santa Claus if I can visit the North Pole and I will see if I can get a job there. I wish Santa Claus can relax every single day on a chair and eat cookies. I hope you have a really great Christmas.

Your friend, Maggie

Dear Santa,

The only thing I want on Christmas day is snow. On a cold winter day there would be something for everyone to do.

When we go inside we could have hot chocolate and marshmallows while we sit by the fire. But not just any snow, I wish it was magic snow to bring peace to the world.

Sincerely, Faith

Dear Santa,

I am writing this letter to let you know the things I want for Christmas this year. All I want for Christmas is a game called Chaotic for PS3 and another game called Borderlands for PS3. I would also like another game called Sectar8 for Xbox 360. And two additional controllers for Xbox 360 would be nice, too. That’s all I want for Christmas. I hope that’s not too many things. After all, I wouldn’t want to get coal instead of presents, would I?

Your friend, Theo

Dear Santa,

May I please have a DSi, a BB gun and 10 Tech Deck skateboards? Can you also give homeless people money, food, new clothes and homes.

Thank you for everything Santa. I ho-ho hope you have a merry Christmas. Cookies, Holiday, Reindeer, Igloo, Santa, ’tis the season. Milk. Awesome Christmas. Super Santa.

Made with love, Lily

Dear Santa,

Can you please give homeless people homes? Right now there are homeless people out on the street and I was wondering if you could give them a home. Please please try your best to give them a home.

Also can you give me a DSi? I would really like to have one. A DSi is really cool.

One more thing Santa. Please please with sugar on top give St. Louis some snow. This Christmas won’t be fun without snow.

Have a merry Christmas, Sumayyah

Dear Santa,

I wish I could have a beanbag chair. But more than that I wish that people would stop littering.

I would also wish that people without jobs will get jobs. I also wish that all the troops overseas can come home safe. Thank you for letting me wish.

Your friend, Mason

Dear Santa,

I would like a new scooter because my old scooter broke and I would like a PlayStation 3 because you can play more games on it.

I would like a new skateboard because my old one is getting old and I would like a trampoline because I never had one. I’ll see you next year.

Your friend, Christian

Dear Santa,

This is what I wish for from you. I wish for a laptop that is a touch screen, has a CD slot and that plays videos — a real laptop. Another thing I wish for is to have an iPod Touch. But what I really want is to have more warm clothes for winter and to have more stuffed animals.

For my mom, I want her to win the lottery so then she can stay at home and sleep. That way she wouldn’t have to be so stressed all the time. For my sister, I want her to have more friends. Most teens do drugs and she doesn’t, so she wants to have some friends that don’t do drugs and that she can get along with.

One thing that is great for homeless people and to make me feel great, is for them to have shelter, clothes and food. These are the things I wish for Christmas.

Sincerely, Amber

Dear Santa,

I might have the biggest wish list of all — may all the homeless and needy get what they need. The foster children get a mom and dad. The elderly get even better nursing homes.

Oh, I forgot a few things. I wish all the animals would have a home. Also I wish for the economy to get better that the environment was cleaner and everyone had health insurance. Also for everyone sick like my grandpa, to get better. And that is all I want for Christmas.

Sincerely, Timothy

Dear Santa,

I just want three things for Christmas. The first thing I want is for people who are cold and homeless to be warm and have homes. The second thing I want for Christmas is a Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness for Nintendo GameCube. My old one got scratched so much I couldn’t play it.

The last thing I want for Christmas is my old Duel Master game back please. I hope you have a fun Christmas.

Your friend, Ethan

P.S. You do know that I believe you’re real.

Dear Santa,

There are a lot of things you can do for me. I would like you not to give us presents, but the poor need some. We are going to give our presents to the poor this year because they need stuff to live in the winter. I have been a good person this year so I kind of want something. I would like some Heelys for Christmas. I would also like a sewing machine so I can sew for the homeless like pillows, blankets and clothes. Those are the things I want you to do.

Your friend

Dear Santa,

Please give my sister more than you give me because I have really been mean to her and if you can, please help the poor people by giving them stuff to help their health because my family is poor. But we still have a house and a car and we’re getting sick more often. It all started when my dad lost the best job in the world at GE. It was a place where you make lights. He made one with a picture of me and my family and some stuff inside it. It was awesome, then it fell apart and broke.

But I think because you are the only magic man on Earth, I think you can try to help the poor and sick people. Can you get my sister princess stuff. Hey, Santa, she is in kindergarten already. Sorry for me having very little hope. You are a very, very smart person, Santa. Can you please get me Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones? That is all I would like. Have a good Christmas, Santa.


One of Mrs. Lueking’s fourth-grade students

Dear Santa,

What I want is an iPhone for Christmas. My mom said I can, but she wants me to get a Wii. I don’t really want a Wii, even though ours was stolen.

I wish my mom didn’t want to pick out my Christmas present. Just convince my mom and dad to get an iPhone for Christmas before it’s too late. Also, Santa, I promise to always be a good girl. I would appreciate you helping all boys and girls to be good.

Sincerely, Sara

Dear Santa,

This year I don’t know if I get presents, but here’s my list: A laptop, and I want Sisi to have a big play house with the doggie treats, a couch for the living room and try your best to move Antonia’s bed to the wall under the baseball picture and instead put the arcade in there

Also at my dad’s, put an arcade up there. I hope your elves can do that. I’ve been working hard at school.

Sincerely, Mason

Dear Santa,

I know you are very busy, but I’m asking for one thing for me. It’s called Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

Sincerely, Joshua

All I want from Santa,

All I want is my PSP, PSP, PSP, but my mom says: “You need to get your grades up if you want your PSP back.”

Then I say, “I will.”

But all I want from Santa is PSP, PSP, PSP. I have been doing really well Santa. When you come over I will have cookies and milk so please help me Santa. Also can you not tell mom and dad?

Love you, Santa. Do you have a wife?

Love you Santa, James

Dear Santa,

Happy holidays. I want a laptop for Christmas. I can’t wait for Christmas to come. My mom doesn’t believe in you, but I do.

You are very special in my heart and you always will be. I have been doing really well in school, and I have been getting good grades.

Your friend, Sophie