Santa Claus & His Elves Are Heartbroken This 2010 Holiday Season
There are only seven days left until Christmas Eve and for the first time in decades elves are not as anxious to answer the door when the big, golden bell rings at the famous North Pole Toy Factory. Never in a million years could Santa and his elves imagine frowning more, and smiling less during what’s supposed to be their busiest, but happiest and most exciting time of the year. Even the reindeer are having a difficult time staying joyful this holiday season.
But how could they when they have to read so many sad letters from children who are clearly feeling the effects of their family troubles? Sadly, the majority of “Dear Santa Letters” received this year by both children and struggling parents nationwide are asking for less of the hottest toys and latest gadgets that would normally be on any child’s wish list.
Instead they’re forced to read letter after letter from children asking for things such as food or clothing, or heartbreaking pleas asking Santa to help their parents pay their bills rather than the latest DS Game Pack, American Girl Doll, Xboxes, Barbie doll dream house, or new bike they really want. Or worrying about whether they’ve made the good list, and not the naughty lists this year. Some post offices have even claimed that some letters came directly from parents begging for help paying rent, mortgage, utility bills, or help finding a job so they don’t end up homeless.
“This year my mom don't have much money to spend on Christmas gifts so I’m writing to you.” Cesar, 7 writes in his letter to Santa, and as reported in USA Today.“It would make us really happy if you and your elves would bring us toys and clothes.”
Another Santa letter from a 9-year-old girl read, “Dear Santa, Please help my mom and dad find jobs so that my family and I can be happy again. It would make us so happy.” "I have been really good this year."
A 5-year-old wrote, “Please bring us food, sneakers for sister and me and boots for dad.”
It’s also been reported that more letters from unemployed single parents have been sent to the post offices. One letter in particular from a single mom read, “Dear Santa, I’ve been unemployed for 7 months now, and cannot afford to purchase toys and clothes for my two boys this year. Please help me save Christmas for my family Santa!”
Another struggling, unemployed single mom sent in a letter with her turn-off notice from the electric company, and another wrote a letter in desperation for a miracle that would provide financial stability until she found a full-time job to support her three kids. It’s obvious that the economy isn’t getting better despite the little hope we had earlier this year when more job openings seemed available. Millions of parents are desperate to bring some joy this holiday season to their families, and are putting themselves out there in hopes someone will respond and help them.