Letters to Santa Claus

Letters to Santa Claus

The Elves, Emily Thompson, Pat Koch
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Format: Hardback 270 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01793-2
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Officially Endorsed Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project 2016Silver Medal, Holiday category, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards2016 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection, Outstanding Rating

For years, children and adults have stuffed their candid dreams, wishes, and promises into envelopes addressed to Santa Claus. Whether the envelopes come with stamps or without, are addressed to "The Big Red Guy at Jingle Bells Lane" or simply "To Santa," for over 100 years, millions of these letters have poured into Santa Claus, Indiana. Arriving from all corners of the globe, the letters ask for toys, family reunions, snow, and help for the needy—sometimes the needy being the writers themselves. They are candid, heartfelt, and often blunt. Many children wonder how Santa gets into their chimneyless homes. One child reminds Santa that she has not hit her brothers over 1,350 times that year, and another respectfully requests two million dollars in "cold cash." One child hopes to make his life better with a time machine, an adult woman asks for a man, and one miscreant actually threatens Santa’s reindeer! Containing more than 250 actual letters and envelopes from the naughty and nice reaching back to the 1930s, this moving book will touch readers’ hearts and bring back memories of a time in our lives when the man with a white beard and a red suit held out the hope that our wishes might come true.

Author Bio

Pat Koch is founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village in Santa Claus, Indiana. Since 1943, she has worked tirelessly to make sure every child who writes to Santa Claus receives a response. Pat received her MA in Pastoral Ministry in 2002 at the age of 70.

Emily Weisner Thompson, Executive Director of the Santa Claus Museum & Village, is a historian and author of Images of America: Santa Claus. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in History from American University.


“Yes, there is a Santa Claus!”
 — Mrs. Claus, The North Pole

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