In December 1911, Letters to Santa Claus began to appear in the weekly Crittenden County, Kentucky newspaper, the Crittenden Record - Press. Below are letters written by children to their favorite red-clad friend.
14 December 1911
Dear Santa Clause [sic]: I am a little girl 12 years old and I am so anxious for Xmas to come and I hope you will come and visit me before you get too tired, for I want so many things. I want a nice doll and carriage, candy, apples, oranges, nuts and I would like to have a rain coat, but mama says I am asking too much but please don't forget my doll. Oh! Say, I wish I had some nice books. Well, I want so many things I will just let you decide. I will ring off. From your little friend, Verah Crider.
Dear Santa Clause: I am a little girl 8 years old. I want you to please call at our place. I live at the foot of the Willson hill. I sure want a doll, candy, nuts and a lot of things, but I will be satisfied with what you want to bring me. Wishing you a merry Xmas, I am your little friend. Valna Crider.
21 December 1911
Mexico, Ky., Dec. 16. Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl 5 years old and have light hair and blue eyes, I try to be good hope you will think of me, I would like to have a big doll and set of dishes, oranges, apples, bananas and all kinds of nuts and candy I will go to bed early and shut my eyes tight, please come and don't forget my little sister and papa and mama. So I will close, from a little girl. Ruth Bibb, Mexico, Ky.
Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl 9 years old and will be so glad when Xmas comes. If you don't give all of your presents away before you visit me, I want a doll, a pair of little scissors, candy, nuts, apples, oranges, and bananas. I like to read and you may bring me all of the good books you have to spare. I have a brother and a little sister and please don't forget them. I will close, wishing you a merry Christmas. Your little friend, Velma Fritts, Route 4, Marion, Ky.
Published 20 December 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/