Little Transcarpathians ask for puppy and notebooks in their letters to St. Nicholas
As we approach the Christmas holidays, all branches of "Ukrposhta" began to receive hundreds of letters addressed to St. Nicholas or Santa Claus. The "Zamok" decided to learn what kind of presents children ask today and what post office does with their letters.
According to the head of "Ukrposhta" Transcarpathian Directorate marketing department Anna Chenheri, every year the number of letters addressed to St. Nicholas or Santa Claus, increases. "It is hard to say which of these two Christmas characters is more popular among children. They write to both of them - perhaps to ensure that one of them would definitely bring a gift."
These days letters from all over the region come to the central post office. Postal workers can not count their exact number, but they want to respond to all of them.
"Back in 2009, we had the idea to make a "stamp from the office of Santa Claus" - said Anna Chenheri. - So, every year, towards the end of December, we take all the letters with return address, and send the kids color printed greetings from Santa Claus in an envelope with a special stamp. We were told that kids were delighted with such a response from Santa Claus. This, I believe, is the least the post office can do to thank the children for their letters."
Anna Chenheri admitted that her department staff read children's letters, together laugh or cry over them. Sometimes kids asked St. Nicholas not for gifts, but for family happiness: to make mother stop drinking, to make father return to the family, to make parents stop quarrelling and fighting. The wishes expressed in letters are very sincere. Despite the general idea that the today children dream only of material things, the "Zamok", having reviewed dozens of letters addressed to St. Nicholas, can say with certainty that children dream about the spiritual things too.
Many kids expect from Santa a puppy or a trip to grandma. Some apologize for bad behavior.
Interestingly, city children have much higher whims than kids from country. City kids are more focused on modern gadgets. The wish to have a mobile phone or a laptop is expressed in so many children's letters. Little Vasyl from Lypetska Polyana admitted to St. Nicholas that he needs a cell phone to call his mother after school. And Yaroslava from the village of Lypcha wrote a letter, which moved the entire stuff of "Ukrposhta" directorate. The girl said that she goes to a prestigious school, so almost all her classmates have tablets. "Everyone bullies me because I do not have a tablet. I can overcome difficulties in studying, but I can not endure ridicules of classmates. I beg you, St. Nicholas, help me, because I have never asked you for more than a box of chocolates."
20 April 2015 13:45