Dear Santa,

Snowflakes softly falling
 Upon your window play,
 Your blankets snug around  you,
 into sleep you drift away.
I bend to gently kiss you,
 when I see that on the floor
 There's a letter, neatly written
 I wonder who it's for.

 I quietly unfold it
 making sure you're still asleep,
 It's a Christmas list for Santa--
 one my heart will always keep.
It started just as always
 with the toys seen on TV,
 A new watch for your father
 and a winter coat for me.

 But as my eyes read on
 I could see that deep inside
 There were many things you wished for
 that your loving heart would hide.
You asked if your friend Molly
 could have another dad;
 It seems her father hits her
 and it makes you very sad.
 Then you asked dear Santa
 if the neighbors down the street
 Could find a job, that he might have
 some food, and clothes, and heat.

 You saw a family on the news
 whose house had blown away;
 "Dear Santa, send them just one thing:
 a place where they can stay."
"And Santa, those four cookies that
 I left you for a treat,
 Could you take them to the children
 who have nothing else to eat?"

 "Do you know that little bear I have--
 the one I love so dear?
 I'm leaving it for you to take
 to Africa this year."
 "And as you fly your reindeer
 on this night of Jesus'' birth,
 Could your magic bring to everyone
 goodwill and peace on earth?"
"There's one last thing before you go--
 so grateful I would be--
 If you'd smile at Baby Jesus
 in the manger by our tree."
I pulled the letter close to me;
 I felt it melt my heart.
 Those tiny hands had written
 what no other could impart.

 "And a little child shall lead them,"
 was whispered in my ear
 As I watched you sleep on Christmas Eve
 while Santa Claus was here.

 - author unknown




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