Chica has never really been a fan of Mr. Claus. Last year, we saw a brief glimmering of acceptance, where she willingly stood in line and sat on Santa's lap at the Mall. And while she will happily accept any gift said Santa brings to our home, she is back to being a bit leery of The Big Guy.
And can we blame her?
So when her lithe little body sidled up next to me a few days ago requesting I help her write a Letter to Santa, I couldn't say no.
First, I gave her the opportunity to write "Santa" in the greeting and write "L-U-C-Y" in closing. I then promised to write, verbatim, whatever she dictated to me.
She had quite a bit to say.
It took the entire front and partial back of a piece of paper.
Here is the finished product:
A few things of note:
- Chica entices Santa by claiming excitement that he'll visit her school next year. Her next promise to him:
"If you bring me presents I will sit on your lap and tell you what I want."
Clearly, she has already mastered the art of negotiations.
- Her first item was a "Toy Grinch." Do they even make those?
- In #6, she requests
"my own little TV that I can turn on BY MYSELF without YOU GUYS and I can watch all my characters on."
- And last, but certainly not least (and most assuredly perplexing), request #9:
"And maybe my own little donkey pet that I can ride."
Yeah. We'll see about that one.