Sunday, 14 November 2010

LETTERS - Difficult Questions for 'Father Christmas'

Alisdair is hoping for a reply...
Although it was only the end of October, Alisdair was begging to write his annual letter to Santa Claus.  I told him it was a bit premature to do so, but he was still "itching" to put pen to paper.  Finally, he talked to his Granny and she explained that she doesn't put her Christmas cards on her book racks until after November 11th.  That appeased him for a few more days.  However, now Remembrance Day has passed, Alisdair could wait no longer.
Since he wanted to ensure Santa's undivided attention, Alisdair decided instead of sending just one letter, (like most children), to cover all the bases by mailing out three separate requests.
The addresses are:
  1. Santa Claus, North Pole, CANADA H0H 0H0
  2. Santa Claus Main Post Office, FI-96930 Arctic Circle, Lapland, FINLAND, and
  3. Santa, Reindeerland, SAN TA1 (via the British Royal Mail).  We'll get our Scottish Granny to post the last one.
The lad is costing a fortune in stamps!

His 2010 letter illustrates some of the difficulties a modern St. Nicholas encounters -- as if he set off the burglar alarm, Santa's cover would surely be blown.  Alisdair also asked some very difficult questions of Father Christmas.  It will be interesting to see if Santa has time to shed some light on his personal life!  Here is Alisdair's letter (in its entirety):

Dear Father Christmas:

Do you have a home security system? We have one, so be careful not to set it off when you visit. One day I made a grilled cheese sandwich and it smoked a little bit and set off the smoke detector and it’s connected to the system so they asked for a password and we had forgotten it, so they called everyone from Granny & Grandpa to the fire brigade. Luckily, we didn’t have to pay a fine.

This year I would like:

* Time for Tea From Tim Hortons
* Sears®/MD Crispin(TM/MC)
* FlyLady's Doll
* Christmas with Wallace and Grommit stamp set

How old are you? Do you smoke? Do you drink alcohol? How do you go to the washroom if you’re stuck in your sleigh for so long on Christmas Eve?   I’ve been a good boy this year.  Thank you in advance.

Alisdair Ramsay-Mackenzie"

The letters have now been posted and are awaiting pick-up by the mail truck on Monday afternoon.  It could be worse...  Last year, Alisdair asked if Santa and his elves had been vaccinated for the H1N1 flu and if they were environmentally friendly at the North Pole.  He also wondered if the elves used lead-free paint in the workshop.  Talk about an inquiring mind! What will the lad think of next?!?  I shudder to think!!

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