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Feature Article on letter to Santa. Topic: EVENTS
By Jim Sayre in December, 1999

A LETTER TO SANTA - 1899

The following letter from a Sidney youngster was published in The Sidney Daily News, Dec. 21, 1899.

Dear Santa, I thought I would drop you a few lines and tell you a few things what I want. Well, I want a pair of skates, because I think by the time Christmas comes it will be frozen up. And for another thing, I want a pair of leggings so that it will keep my feet warm and I want them so that they will come up above my shoe-tops, and I want a little slate like those that have pictures of cats and rabbits and dogs on and like those that are almost like a slate, and if it don’t cost too much I would like a large doll, so large that it would look about four years old. I will tell you where to find it. If you look in the basement of the Arcade on the place where the dolls are, you will see a large doll with real long curly hair and it is jointed and it is as pretty as I am. And I don’t think I want much, but dear Santa, I know that I want more than you can afford to give, for there are more little boys and girls and they want something too. But I would like to have so much a nice tricycle that would cost three dollars and that is too much, I think, to pay for anything, but that is really the price of it because I saw the price on it and it said $3.00 as plain as this letter is written and I think it is written pretty plain. Well Santa, I must close because it is getting late and I think if I don’t close you will not bring me anything. I have got as much as I can think of. Goodbye, dear Santa. Jeannette E. Linn, 509 south Walnut avenue.

Perfect holiday gifts are advertised below as culled from the December 5 and 9, 1924
issues of The Sidney Daily News.

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