How are your reindeers?


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This letter was written by Helen, one of my sisters, in around 1970, as a draft to Father Christmas. It was kept by our mum in her little book of memories.

Just in case you can’t read the words, it goes:

“Dear Father Christmas, well how are your reindeers. I hope they are all right. Can I have a shower cap for the family please. Can I please have a pair of thongs please. Jane wants a tin of powder. Elizabeth wants a packet of sope. Richard want”

and there is trails off. I think she really wanted the thongs desperately (two pleases), and how is that shower cap?? I wonder what Richard wanted?

It is so modest, polite, funny and sweet. As we approach Christmas this year, modest, courteous requests plus keeping the humour up seem to be good messages for us all.

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10 Responses to How are your reindeers?

  1. kathy says:

    So you’ve always been a sope fan Elizabeth.

  2. nickypage says:

    And why did Helen need to practice those capital G’s so much?? Maybe there’s a clue to the end of the letter there. Was the letter ever sent or is it a draft??

    • Yes, that is a bit mysterious isn’t it. Who knows now. We did write to Father Christmas and send our letters off to the Magic Cave – the glories of John Martins and the Christmas Pageant. I don’t know what the completed letter from Helen was like, but the draft is priceless!

  3. romi789 says:

    With all the pressures of Christmas mounting here in the freezing north, it is good to have some words of wisdom to maintain the humour. Modest and polite sound good to me!

    • Great to hear from you Romi – and a bit more realistic to be talking reindeers (or rain deers as I note it is actually spelt in the letter) to someone from the frozen north. Will talk with you soon…

  4. Mandy says:

    How sweet. …Merry Christmas to you and your family, and to all your readers. Xxx

  5. pam says:

    would it be nice if the kids now day just wonted simpel things like soap and got more out of the letter to father chrismas than the presents i even have a list a mile long of the things i wont but what i nead is probeble the soap happy christmas every one

    • Yes I agree, we want so much but at base maybe we just need the simple things. Lovely to hear from you Pam, and happy Christmas to you all over there too (in Perth for those who don’t know).

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