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A Fun Christmas 1920s Letter to Santa Claus

From a wave in the hair to a pencil for school, UnderTheChristmasTree takes a peek at what children asked Santa for at Christmas and how it has all evolved.

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Believe it or not, in the 1920’s, there was no such thing as an iPad or even 3D television…We know, shocking!  Children entertained themselves with more practical possessions including arts and crafting products.

Unlike today where personalised letters from Santa himself are popular, children of the twenties had to make do with no reply, simply sending it up the chimney and away it went.  With only one or two presents being asked for, kids of the roaring twenties seem to take a very traditional approach.

Here is a fun example (made-up by us) of a girl age 4 living in the UK writing her very important letter to santa:

Dear Santa,
I’ve been very good this year, helping my mother with the house while my father is working, as my mum sometimes has to work too. I have even been kinder to my younger brother this year, even though he sometimes pulls my hair.

Would it be ok if you could send me some toys please? Only if you have some spare. I would really like a sewing kit and a pencil for school please if that would be alright. Could I also please have a permanent wave in my hair?

I know you’re a busy man, Mr Claus, but I hope you can spare me some of your time and gifts.

Thank you ever so much

Merry Christmas!
Elizabeth Edwards – 4 years old – Devon.

How nice is this letter!?  You can see that children rarely asked for anything substantial or expensive – one thing hasn’t changed though – our younger brothers still pull our hair.

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2014 will see more children writing an online letter to Santa, not only will they receive a reply but parents can even tell the main man if they have been naughty or nice too.

Now to take a look at a Christmas list from 2013 from a boy in Britain.

Dear Santa Claus,

I’ve been really good this year, I cleaned my room and donated some toys to charity shops even though I still like the toys.

Please may I have:

  • A new Vtech Innotab 3s (Blue please)
  • The Angry Birds App
  • Adidas Trainers
  • One Direction Album
  • Sweets
  • A new schoolbag
  • A puppy

I won’t be able to sleep on Christmas Eve, so maybe I’ll see you!

Merry Christmas
Peter Smith – 8 Years Old – Newcastle

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Whilst the 2013 list looks much more demanding, it is the society in which our children have grown up in.  Children now feel the ‘need’ to have the latest tablet or the coolest trainers to fit in with their friends and peers whereas children in the 1920’s felt the need to have a sewing kit to make new clothes and repair them.  Many girls liked sewing, so this was a hobby for them, just as playing Angry Birds is for children today.

The 1920’s Christmas lists saw a lot of children asking for non material things, like ‘a permanent wave in my hair‘.  One wish list even saw a young boy asking for ‘muscles in my arms’ and another girl asking for a baby sister.

Whilst there are children in this decade who also ask for non material things, the majority of wishlists are for technological items like computers and laptops which didn’t exist in the 1920’s.

How did they cope without Facebook? Mind. Blown!

How many presents did you or your child ask Santa for? When do you write your letter in December?

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