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Pester power and the letter to Santa Claus

23 November 2012


From Mrs A Kaleniuk
Sir, - The report about the "pressure" of children's Christmas lists (News, 9 November) could not have come at a more timely juncture in our household. I came downstairs on the Sunday morning to find that my seven-year-old son had written his Christmas letter to Santa, and had also, after taking instructions from our three-year- old daughter, written his sister's letter to Santa.

As a stay-at-home clergy wife, I approached the letters with some trepidation; but imagine my surprise and delight when I saw that the price for each item was specified, and that the total cost of all the presents requested had been totted up by my son at the bottom of each letter.

The total sum for each child came to less than £70; so obviously my son had been listening when I told him that Santa has a budget, which is why he can't give too many presents to one child, but has to distribute his gifts equally.

Perhaps this could be a solution to the Mothers' Union's concerns about writing letters to Santa?

1 Tamarisk Close, Claines
Worcester WR3 7LE

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