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The Recession's Heart Breaking Letters to Santa


It’s been a tough year, according to Santa’s elves. Kids who normally might ask for video games or new dolls are now asking Santa for simpler things.

A job for mom. A little more time with dad. 

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says post office consumer affairs director Elma Ramirez in Oakland, Calif. 

According to this all at once hilarious and heart breaking column in the Contra Costa Times, there’s a post office in Oakland that opens letters to Santa and then asks people to answer them — with anything they can spare. Toys maybe, or even just a few words from Santa, but I’m guessing most people answer the letters with toys or necessities.

Here’s a look at what some kids are after this year:


Dear Santa,

I just wanted to tell you we won’t be in Monterey for Christmas. We will be at Nanni’s house in Genesee, New York. Please leave our presents in Monterey. We only want our stockings filled in Genesee. — From Ava


And …


Dear Santa,

How are you doing today? I have been a good little boy throughout the year. I would like it if you would send me a gift because my parents don’t have a job so they can’t afford to buy me one. Santa, I would love it if you can send me some clothes. My size is 2. Thank you Santa! — Love, Pedro


And …


Dear Santa,

I know I was kind of mean to Willow, but I tried my best this year. But I just can’t ignore her, even though I know I should. What I want is expensive and very, very cool. I bet it’s going to be a big fat NO! I want a mini motorcycle. You know, the kind that Jacqueline has. — Merry Chrismas, Summer

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