'An apple tree, two boxes of cheese and a Lego police station for me please': This year's most adorable letters to Santa
20:30 GMT, 12 December 2012
Millions of children have sent their Christmas wishlists to Santa, and while most have simple asks others clearly get a little carried away.
A list compiled by a boy named Trajan features 17 different demands including a Baltimore football helmet, two boxes of cheese, a big blanket, a small apple tree, 600 quarters and 100 pennies.
While another letter captured by The Huffington Post reveals how aspiring man's man, Trenton would like a Lamborghini remote controlled car, a set of weights and a leather jacket with an 'eagle on the back'.
Eclectic list: This youngster has 17 different asks including a blanket, football helmet, and two boxes of cheese
He adds – like most children do – that 'he has been very good'.
One youngster appears to a fan of computer games and in a letter dated December 7. the whizz
kid asks for dozens of PC games including Call of Duty, Angry Birds,
Super Mario and Farming Simulator.
Worried that Santa might not be able to fulfill all of their wishes, one child mindfully uses circles to highlight favorite list items – the top one being a pogo stick.
Aspiring man's man: Trenton writes that he would like a Lamborghini remote controlled car, tape cassette called Cocktail, a set of weights and a leather jacket with an eagle on
Animals also seem to be a popular request this year.
Natalie says she would like a kitten for Christmas, and it would be the 'one thing that would actually make my holiday merry'. She instructs Santa to pick one that is 'nice and playful'.
And in a letter shown on timbuktu.me Nitya writes that she would love a dog because she has tired of her pet rabbit.
She explains to Santa:'I would like a dog. I want a dog because having a bunny is so boring. I deserve a dog because I have got good grades at school.'
Artistic touch: Porter tells Santa that she would like a Shih Tzu – and provides an illustration of her dream dog
Animal magic: This child has tired of her pet bunny and would now like a dog
She adds that she would also like the 'power to talk to animals' so she can indulge in a little conversation with her new puppy.
Porter is more specific with her
request, telling Santa that she would like Shih Tzu, and she even tops
the letter with a small illustration of her dream pup with a caption
reading 'this is him'.
One inquisitive little boy named Timothy
forgets to ask for anything. Instead he uses his Letter to Santa as an
opportunity to ask questions such as 'which is the biggest cookie you've
ever eaten' and 'what are you going to give all the kids for
Inquisitive: Little Timothy is so busy asking Santa questions that he forgets to ask for any presents
The mind of a child: Natalie would like a kitten for Christmas – preferably 'nice and playful' (left) while one youngster is clearly a fan of computer games judging by their wishlist (right)
Good deed: Sam says that he's been 'kind of good' and helped his father put up the Christmas lights
Some of the children whose letters are
featured already clearly understand how effective a charm offensive can
be when it comes to getting what they want.
One youngster, who would like a 'toy electric helicopter', starts his letter by writing 'Merry Christmas Santa! You're the best man'.
And another, after putting in their request, tells Mr Claus to get 'something else that you want'.
Thoughtful: After putting in their request, this youngster tells Mr Claus to get 'something else that you want'
Putting in their requests: Seven-year-old Ella says she would like her cat to find a suitable partner (left) while one sweet-toothed kid wants a Popsicle for Christmas
Please give me a pogo stick! This youngster uses circles to highlight their favorite items
Most also sign their lists off affectionately, opting for 'love' or a sprinkling of kisses.
Writing letters to Santa Claus has
been a Christmas tradition for children for decades. Studies previously
found that girls generally write longer but more polite lists than in
letters written by boys.
The United States Postal Service
(USPS) has the oldest Santa letter answering effort by a national postal
system and since 1940 has been called Operation Santa.