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Christmas is only a week away. Who will you spend Christmas with, prepare Christmas gifts and wishes?
A month or two before Christmas every year, a steady stream of letters will pour into 123 Elf Road North Pole, and the recipient is the legendary Santa Claus who will quietly send Christmas gifts to children.
In this letter, children will share their year’s harvest with an old friend they will never meet, and make a wish to post the letter before Christmas, silently expecting that when they wake up on Christmas Day, they can see the long-awaited gift at the bedside.
Of course, this Santa Claus is not real, and letters will not be sent to the North Pole, although many children do believe it. In fact, this is the annual Operation Santa organized by USPS, in order to provide Christmas gifts to families who may not be able to provide more than their basic daily needs.
Children’s Christmas wishes are big or small. Some people want toys, some people want a greeting card, and some people just want a hug, and they don’t forget to tell Santa Claus to wear masks and gloves. ……
Want to be happy!
Toys, game consoles and so on are naturally at the forefront of children’s wish list. However, before expressing their wishes, children will also talk about their performance this year.
"I have grown into a good boy this year.
I can count from 1 to 100 and recognize all 26 letters.
I want a cool hot wheels car. "
"I hope you and everyone in the Arctic have had the best year.
I want Lego’s Destiny’s Bounty toy this year.
I have always done well and studied hard at school.
I wish you a safe journey on Christmas Eve. "
"Merry Christmas to you in advance! I know you’re busy,
But I hope you can read this letter.
It was written by my brother and me.
We are all good children, and sometimes we fight.
But we still love each other.
We want to share a Switch together.
I know it will cost a lot of money,
So it’s okay if you don’t get it. "
"I want a real elf friend forever,
He’d better bring a small house with him,
There are beds, toilets, bathtubs, showers and the like.
"Please come and play with me. We can play anything.
If you want to bring me a present, I’ll wear a size 3 dress. "
Some children don’t want gifts, and even want to give gifts to Santa Claus.
"You are the best!
I want to be happy at Christmas! "
"When I wrote this letter to you, I was not very happy.
I hope you can answer a few questions:
1. Am I a vampire?
2. Are you the first person on earth? "
"Please put the gift,
To boys and girls all over the world.
Thank you. "
"I know I didn’t perform particularly well this year.
So it doesn’t matter if my Christmas stockings are empty.
Did someone tell you that you are the best?
I always believed that you were real, and no one else believed you.
They think their parents played you.
Please always believe in yourself.
P.S. I want to be the one who gives you a gift, so come on! "
Many children will also put their own paintings on it. Although the level of paintings is uneven, there will be occasional typos, but they are full of sincerity.
Please give mom a present, too.
Some children want Santa Claus to give gifts to their mothers or other family members.
"Santa Claus, when you come.
Please give my mother a big hug.
She really needs it. She works too hard. "
"I am writing this letter because I want to do something special for my mother.
Every year, my mother asks me to write down a Christmas wish list.
But we never asked her what she wanted.
My mother likes cooking. She told me that she wanted to go back to school to learn this.
Mom has lost her job, and she has been doing her best.
So if you can, can you give mom a laptop?
So that she can go to school. I really want to achieve this,
She always told me to pursue my dreams,
I also want her to realize her dream. "
"I’m sorry if I misspelled your name,
I want a floating skateboard this Christmas.
But what I want most is my mother.
Work can be smoother, don’t be blamed again.
I think she should be treated well. "
"This year has been too difficult because of the coronavirus.
But I expect to receive some Lego toys.
Because my mother said that she couldn’t give me a present this Christmas,
She hasn’t received her salary for a long time, so she can’t afford anything.
Because she takes care of us, gives us food and works hard.
So I hope she gets something,
Like a Christmas card. "
"I don’t need anything for Christmas,
But my brother needs a new pair of shoes.
His shoes are broken. "
"I wonder if we can make Christmas a day earlier?
Because my father works on Christmas Day,
He is a fireman,
So I’m not at home on Christmas day.
If he can be at home on Christmas day,
We would be very grateful. "
It’s so hard this year ……
This year, everyone has had a hard time, and the children are no exception. So there are also some sad stories in the letter.
"It’s hard this year. I lost my father and grandfather.
My mother is going through a very difficult time.
I hope you can give her some happiness. "
"What I want most this year is that my family can be reunited.
Mom and I are really having a hard time.
Can you help us out?
I hope you can write back to me,
And I want you to know
My family is really important to me. "
What is even more touching is that children still have hope for life.
"Please be careful this year.
You should wear a mask and gloves, because the epidemic remains.
I have some bad news.
My mother and sister died,
My angel dog died, too.
I love her so much!
I lay down next to her and held her until she left.
I shouldn’t be so unhappy in a happy letter.
I remain hopeful and grateful.
You have always given us a lot of support.
My family and I love you very much. Thank you for your efforts. "
"There’s some bad news,
One of my classmates went to heaven because of cancer.
I’m so sad.
But I’m slowly recovering.
Let’s think of something happy _
Give everyone a hug, Santa Claus. "
Maybe we don’t need Christmas presents.
There are also many children who say that they don’t want Christmas presents. Because they still have some bigger wishes.
"I don’t think everyone said thank you to you.
You sacrificed your life for the happiness of your children.
That’s amazing. You are really great.
Never forget this.
As for gifts? If I had to choose a gift,
That’s a donation to charity.
Shelters for the homeless, public libraries, anything.
Because what better gift than peace and happiness on earth? "
"This year I want to:
The epidemic is over and the world is at peace.
The climate is under control, and the new X box game machine. "
"P.S., it doesn’t matter if I don’t receive any gifts.
Let’s get everyone fed and clothed before giving gifts. "
I hope you can send toys to the children in the hospital.
And those children who live on the streets. "
"Can you don’t your Christmas present? I just want a card.
I really want a gift,
But I don’t want to be the only one laughing this year.
I hope others can smile,
Like someone who’s homeless.
What I want this Christmas is
A smile. "
"Dear Santa Claus,
Do you support the LGBTQ group?
If you can talk to God,
Can you tell me that I love him?
Ask him if he still loves me if I’m gay. "
I don’t want anything this Christmas,
But if I may, I also want to ask you a favor:
Please find a cure for Covid-19,
Give it to us and save the world.
Thank you. "
Be a "volunteer" for Santa Claus
In fact, this is the 108th year of Operation Santa Claus.
Every year before Christmas, the post office can receive many letters sent to the nonexistent Santa Claus. In 1912, Frank Hitchcock, the postmaster, wanted to do something good for the community, so he suggested opening and answering these letters to Santa Claus.
At first, only the local post office and citizens wrote letters and gave small gifts to the children who wrote letters. Later, some commercial companies and charities joined in, and gradually formed an annual fixed project-"Santa Claus Action".
"The US Postal Service receives thousands of letters to the North Pole every year.
The workload was too heavy, so Santa asked the post office to find some volunteers to help. "
They set a special address for Santa Claus and began to accept letters one or two months before Christmas. Everyone can write to Santa Claus, but the project will especially help families and children in need. Gifts will be sent before the festival to ensure that the writer can receive them before Christmas.
Over the years, the US post office has received hundreds of thousands of letters. In the past two years, activities have begun to expand to more and more cities. More and more "volunteers" of Santa Claus have joined in, and there are some children among the volunteers.
This year, due to the epidemic situation, the post office simply digitized all the letters it received and published them on the official website USPSOperationSanta.com. People can browse these letters at will and "claim" any number of letters they want to reply to, so as to help the children or families who write letters realize their holiday wishes.
Up to now, more than 20 thousand letters have been claimed this year. Many people are moved and encouraged by the contents of the children’s letters and try their best to help them realize their wishes.
Kim Frum, a spokesman for Santa Claus, said, "This year, more families may be affected financially and emotionally. If you can provide even the slightest help or a spark of happiness to those in need, it means the whole world to them. "
After sending gifts, Santa’s "volunteers" will also receive special commemorative cards.
Indeed, everyone has had a hard time this year. But when I saw the little wishes and great expectations of the children in their letters to Santa Claus, I found that they were still naive and hopeful after this special year.
And this kind of mutual help and persistence in the face of crisis is probably the real meaning of Christmas.
Perhaps, this Christmas, we can not only be the one waiting for gifts, but also help some people in need to realize their Christmas wishes.
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Original title: "A group of children’s Christmas wishes, which is very touching."