UNION COUNTY — Kids say the darndest things, especially when it comes to writing letters to Santa Claus. But while the majority of children are not as concerned about whether they have been naughty or nice, Union County youngsters did have some unusual, if not touching, things to say to this jolly man.
Children from Union penned some interesting letters to Santa, although one little boy had a lot of questions for Santa and he wanted them answered.
“There seems to be a lot of rumors going around about you and I need to know what is the really real truth. My friends say you don’t exist, my parents told me you do and, to be honest, that beard you wear looks pretty fake,” he said, adding he would be staying up all Christmas Eve “so be prepared if you see a kid on the couch when you come down our chimney. In case you are real, I really want an Xbox and a bike,” said Jessie, 9.
Aneliese, 9, of Union, started off her letter by reporting that not only had she been a good girl this year, but also had done well in school. In her letter, this Union resident specifically asked that Santa “leave something” when he comes to her house so she will know he was there. She backs that up by saying “I really admire you and love you.”
This little girl provided a neatly organized computerized list of 10 things she wanted for Christmas, including a cash register and puppy. Among the other things she requested was perfume and candy.
On the other hand, her younger brother, Jayden, 7, assured Santa he had been a good boy, quickly going on to list the six things he would like, including a “motor cross, Mindcraft diamond sword and pickax, a new computer, a phone and boy password journal.
Morgan, 8, told Santa she was very excited about Christmas coming, and mentioned that her birthday was just a few days after the big day. She was also hoping he might be able to pull some strings so she could go to a special concert.
“There is something I desperately need for Christmas – tickets for the Jonas Brothers if they are touring in our area.”
“I figured you would know if they are touring anymore. If they are, can you please, please bring the tickets when you come on Christmas?” she asked, adding she would be “so grateful if you would write back and let me know for sure.”
“My mom said they are not, but I know you will find out what is going on,” Morgan said.
Emma, 8, explained to Santa that even though she tried very hard “writing is not my best subject.” This little girl also was very interested in how things were going at the North Pole.
“How is Mrs. Claus and the elves and reindeer? If it’s not too much trouble, can you bring me an iPod? I asked for one last year but my mom told me you must have run out of them. I also would like a warmer coat, some gloves and a hat and scarf. My mom said the only thing she wants for Christmas is a car that works and a job that pays more.”
Cranford resident Janelle, 8, did not mince words in her short letter.
“I want a smartphone for Christmas but my parents say I’m too young. I’m sure you can explain to them how important it is for someone my age to keep up with what other kids have or be left out. My parents said I can ask you for the phone but that you don’t make phones at the North Pole and do not bring presents to kids who think their parents are millionaires. Is that true?” asked the 8-year-old, providing her email address so Santa could respond to her missive “immediately.”
In fact, many of the children sending letters to Santa this year enclosed their email address, pointing out they would like to hear from him.
“I think making kids wait to find out what you decided to bring is not good for their nerves,” said Justin, 7, from Cranford, adding that if Santa was not going to leave him the bike he wanted to email him, “this way I can make sure my Grandma gets it because she will get whatever I want.”
Adam, 5, from Springfield, said right from the start that he was getting help writing his letter to Santa from his mother.
“I’m just a little kid so my mom is helping me write this letter,” he said, asking right away if the elves were “overworked.”
“You might need to give them vitamins so they make it through to the end,” Adam advised, adding Santa might want to take some, too.
This little boy said there was only one thing he wanted for Christmas and nothing else mattered.
“Could you please, please, please bring me a puppy? I really miss having a dog since Prince got sick and died. A boy should have a dog and a TV in the back of the car, but I really want a dog the most,” he explained.
Another Springfield child, Emily, 7, wanted to make sure Santa could get to her house to deliver the pierced earrings she was asking for this year.
“We moved into our new house, which is located in Springfield, not Roselle Park,” she explained, pointing out that if Santa went to her former residence by mistake he might make “a big mistake.”
“Mom told me that you use computers now to track where kids are but just in case you have a power blackout or something goes wrong, I’m enclosing directions to our house. It will be worth your while because my mom makes the best cookies in the world,” said the little girl, reminding Santa her little brother wanted a bike.
“He wants the kind with training wheels because my Dad says he has two left feet but I looked at his feet and they look like normal feet to me,” said Emily.
Angeline, 10, of Hillside, penned a letter she admitted was difficult to write.
“I’m not sure you are going to like this but I’m a big girl now and understand how thing really are. I just wanted to send this farewell letter, for old time’s sake. I guess I always knew something was fishy,” she said.
Jasmine, 8, also of Hillside, reminded Santa that this was the third year she was asking for a baby sister or brother.
“I hope you can bring us a baby this year because Grandma said my mom is not getting any younger. I’m enclosing my email address so you can let me know whether it’s a boy or girl because boys should definitely not wear pink,” she said.
Gabe, 9, of Clark, explained that he wanted a Giants football helmet and shirt, even though the team “really played bad this year.”
“My Dad and I are loyal fans so if you have an extra large shirt, can you leave it for my Dad? My mom said he might need an extra large by Christmas because he is getting fat, but since you have a big stomach, too, I think you can figure out his size. Thanks a lot Santa for anything you bring this year. I like being surprised when I come downstairs on Christmas morning,” the little boy said.
Jack, 8, from Elizabeth, gave Santa a lecture about his weight, noting that she would not be leaving cookies out this year.
“I think you are putting on too much weight, even Mrs. Claus is worried, so we are leaving you vegetables instead, which are much more healthy,” he said, adding that Santa would not want his mother’s cookies because they were “really awful.”
“If you can, I would like a laptop computer because I share one with my sister, who has no idea what one hour really means,” Jack said.
Abe, 9, had a special request, one that he hoped Santa would understand.
“I’m Jewish, but I was wondering if you ever deliver presents to kids who don’t have a Christmas tree,” he inquired, adding that when he grew up and had children of his own he was going to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.
“It’s not fair to kids to feel left out of all the fun,” Abe said, but admitted he did get presents every night during the eight days of Hanukkah.
“We need someone like you from someplace cold who delivers the Hanukkah presents in a sled or maybe even an SUV,” he added.
Jackson, 8, of Rahway, asked quite a few questions about Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer, expressing concern that they might be overwhelmed with letters. “Santa, since I lost my list, can you text my Dad for it? He can even tell you where to find some of the stuff I want because he never pays full price,” he added.
Jaydiya, 7, reminded Santa that she has been asking for a bike for two years.
“I understood the first few times but now I’m wondering if you ran out of bikes or had a lot of girls to give bikes to,” she wrote, adding “I think its my turn this year.”
“My grandmother said bikes are expensive and even Santa Claus isn’t made of money but since you have all those elves working for you at the North Pole, maybe you could remember that I have been waiting,” she added.
Finally, a little boy named Hank, 8, sent a letter asking for Santa’s help this year.
“I don’t really want anything for myself, but could you bring some toys for my sisters and brothers,” he asked. “My mom is trying to do the best she can but she needs some help because she is a single mom. Thanks Santa for being the good guy you are and making kids happy all over the world.”
But, regardless what town it was, almost all the hundreds of letters Santa let LocalSource read reflected love for the jolly man and respect for the huge job he tackles year in and year out.