Letters to Santa show lasting effects of Sandy, economy

Santa Claus gets lots of letters, especially from kids in Union County. And there were countless letters this year that Santa’s elves shared with LocalSource, with many mentioning superstorm Sandy.

Although taking this major storm in stride, most kids expressed concern that next time a hurricane hits, they would like their families to be better prepared. But many young residents are also showing their understanding of the harsh economic climate in their letters.

An 8-year-old named Jack from Linden asked Santa to use “his judgement” and bring him whatever he thought would be nice this year, however he had one special request.

“Santa, I hope you and Mrs. Claus can understand because you live in the North Pole, but what if your power went out? What if you had no heat or lights? What would all the elves do? How would you get any work done?

“I hope that helps you understand how we felt after Hurricane Sandy,” he continued. “It was a bunch of days before we had heat or lights and Mommy said she was going off the deep end. So could you please bring us a generator? Daddy said we can’t afford one but if the lights go out again, I don’t want Mommy going off the deep end, wherever that’s located,” he said.

Amilyn, a 7-year-old from Rahway, also mentioned a generator on her list, among other things like flashlights and warm blankets. She asked Santa if he could bring her an American Girl doll, even though she knew they were expensive, but would be happy with a “build a bear” just the same.

Alex, 5, of Cranford explained his mom was helping him write his letter to Santa, because his writing skills still were a “work in progress.”

“Santa,” he wrote, “do you think you can bring me a train set for Christmas?” the kindergarten student asked, also requesting that the jolly man not forget his sisters wanted dolls this year and their own cell phones.

“Mommy said that there is no way Santa is bringing cell phones to anyone in this house, but I had to ask since I promised,” Alex noted.

Jamel, 9, of Roselle asked Santa for a laptop computer, but admitted he knew that “was pushing it.”

“I know the economy has been bad, I hear about it every day from my dad and mom. But maybe since Christmas comes only once a year and this could be the last year I really need presents since I’m growing up way too fast Mom said, maybe you can make an exception,” the 9-year-old inquired.

“I always leave cookies for you on the table, but last year I saw Dad eating them, so I’m not too sure you even got any of them,” Jamel wrote.

Ashley, a 7-year-old from Union was just happy to write to Santa and let him know she had been a good girl all year and had not even kicked or bitten her little brothers in “a lot of days.”

“How is the weather at the North Pole?” she wrote, also asking Santa to remember to eat the cookies they would be leaving for him “in the usual place.”

Ben, a 6-year-old in Linden, wrote a letter that was short and to the point.

“Could you please bring me a baby brother or sister? I don’t know if you can do that, but if you did I would be very happy and so would Mommy. I will leave some carrots for your reindeer outside on the back porch,” he said, adding that if the carrots were not there, that meant “the regular deer came and ate them.”

In Clark, 7-year-old Angelina was very concerned about whether Santa would be able to find her house since she had moved from New York during the summer.

“I hope you can put my new address in your book in time so there are no mistakes. There were other kids living here last Christmas and I don’t know if they were naughty or nice, but I have been a very good girl. So if you can, you can bring me drawing set and lots of crayons because my dog eats them all,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Summit, an 8-year old little girl named Sara from Summit asked Santa if he could please find her daddy a job because he “was really worried.”

“Santa, I don’t know if you can help, but … my Dad is a hard worker but he was laid-off from his job last summer and things have been very hard for our family,” she explained.

Sara did not ask for anything for herself, but she did ask that Santa bring her little brother a bike and her sister a Barbie doll.

Jesus, 7, of Elizabeth inquired about Santa and his wife as well as all the elves and reindeer. He said he was writing for his five brothers and sisters because Santa already had enough mail to read.

“My brothers want bikes, and my sisters are pretty little so you could bring them whatever you want. The most important thing is that you know we have been very good children all year, helping mom and obeying even though it is hard sometimes. Like when we are all chasing each other around the house and playing. After all, we are just little kids and we like to play. You understand that, don’t you Santa?”

In Union, a 4-year-old named Owen asked Santa for a “big truck,” and Thomas the Train boots.

“Mommy is helping me write this letter because I am still little. But I have been a very good boy. I will leave cookies for you on the special Santa plate, so be sure to eat them all,” he said.

Bethany, 9, of Rahway wrote a long letter to Santa, explaining that even though her friends were trying to convince her there was no Santa Claus, she still believed in him.

“If you could bring me a diary and a pink cell phone with fake diamonds, that would be great,” she said, mentioning that even though her Mom was not in favor of anyone her age having a cell phone “all of my friends have them, which you probably already know.”

One child even wrote a letter explaining that his family had been staying at Grandma’s for many weeks and would be getting back into their home right before Christmas.

“So you can forget the letter I wrote you a few weeks ago giving you my Grandma’s address, because we are going home and that is the best Christmas present I will be getting this year,” said Jordan, an 8-year old from Linden.