If you, like me, are a soppy git, you may just enjoy this. Each year we help spread the word in our Free Santa Letters guide that the RNIB has special elves, which help the giant with the white beard reply in Braille and other visually impaired-friendly ways.
As a thank-you, the RNIB has given its kind permission to share some of these beautiful notes with you again (read Letters to Santa 2011). It’s real evidence of the great work this much-needed charity does.
Names and minor details have been changed for privacy.
Warning: Some of you, like me, may find you’re allergic to these letters β the prime symptom of which is watery eyes.
Dear Father Christmas,
My name is Madison and my Granny is helping me to send a letter on her computer. If you can write to me in large print I would be very pleased. I am 8-years-old and have a twin sister called Samantha.
We are very excited because we are going to a cottage for Christmas in Cornwall. On Thursdays I go horse riding at a Riding for Disabled centre. We get a letter from you every year and you always tell us amazing stories about what you’ve been doing during the last year, but I have never sent a letter to you on the internet.
Your letters always make us laugh and we would love to visit you to be able to see the place you always describe to us. We send all our love to you and your wife and all the elves. All the reindeers too."
My name is Luke. I hope you are ok and the reindeers are not getting too fat. I would like for Xmas a Manchester United scooter, football socks and a wrestling game. Thank you.
(Note from Martin β I came very close to editing this out for child cruelty with regards to the MU-branded items, but on balance have left it in.)
I will leave a mince pie for you and some milk and a carrot for the reindeers.
(I am Luke’s mum, he is 8 years old and has uveitis disease, has auto immune disease and has problems with his bones. He’s had two operations and has a rough time but never complains and is extremely brave. He’s on chemo and lots of other nasty medication so a letter saying how brave he is would really be appreciated.
Thank you very much, Luke’s mum.)"
I have been a really brave boy this year having lots of hospital appointments following congenital cataracts and now a recent operation for an iris cyst. I would really like a new bike for Christmas with a shiny red bell. Please can you make this possible?"
I am visually impaired and I’m in mainstream school. I have been very good this year. I have been helping my mum with my new baby brother. I go swimming every month. I have been helping with the housework. I want a 3DS and a new set of clothes, most of all I want a letter from Santa."
Dear Santa Claus,
Could you please send an audio CD to my grandson Benjamin who has been a very good boy this year? He is five years old and he spent the first three and a half years in hospital and so Christmases at home are very special. We will be buying him a garden swing as he loves the motion. Many thanks."
Hi there, we have a little blind girl at our school called Debbie, she will soon be 8-years-old and she has brailled a letter to Santa.
Her letter says:
Dear Santa, Please could you bring me a little trolly. Please could you bring me a xylophone? I would also like some chime bars. Thank you very much from Debbie.
We will take Debbie to the post office and post the letter.
Thank you very much."
I am writing for my granddaughter Kerry. She is 4-years-old and went blind at the age of two due to a brain tumour. Her mummy doesn’t know I’m writing, I would like this to be a surprise for Kerry and her mummy.
If you could send a letter on audio CD that would be lovely please. She is off to Great Ormond Street hospital for brain surgery in December so a letter from Santa would be lovely. Kerry likes doing puzzles with shapes and textures.
She loves keys and key rings and also dollies (babies) and anything educational. She really loves music and dancing.
Thank you so much in advance."
Dear Father Christmas,
I have been learning a lot of braille contractions and really enjoy having the knack of learning braille. I find it very fun and if I’m asked to do anything to do with braille, I will get on with it at the immediate time.
I appreciate that I am now fully blind so that I can have much joy with braille and no-one can stop me from taking pride in all of my braille work, so thanks for reading."
I hope you are well. My mummy is helping me by typing this letter as I am not very good at typing. My name is Daniel. As well as being blind I also have a condition called autism. I love Christmas and I am already very excited about it. This year I would like a musical drum and burping dinosaur as well as lots of chocolate!
I have been a good boy all year and mummy says she is especially proud of me for working so hard on learning braille. I promise to leave you a mince pie and a carrot for Rudolph. Thanks so much."
I am writing this email for my son, Simon who is seven and has cerebral palsy. Simon can’t read or write and is visually impaired.
However, he is very excited about Santa and can’t wait for you to come to our house on Christmas Eve. As Simon can’t read it would be fantastic to have a reply on an audio CD.
We have just finished converting an area of our house to be suitable for Simon and his needs. What Simon would really like from Santa is some nice things for his new bedroom. Some sensory equipment would be lovely but anything at all would be fantastic.
Simon thinks he should avoid a lump of coal this year……….fingers crossed he is right! Many thanks Santa. Hope to hear from you soon."
Dear Santa Claus and his elves,
I would like to order a Christmas message on audio CD in English for my son.
He is 23 but has a learning disability as well as severe visual impairment and he would love to receive a special message from Santa. He especially likes going swimming and playing with balloons and is looking forward to spending Christmas at home with all the family.
He is having an operation this week to try to repair a detached retina so will have even less sight than normal for a little while and a special Christmas message would really cheer him up. Many thanks."
Please could you send a CD letter to our grandson Barry. He is two and a half years old, suffers from severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is almost completely blind. Despite his problems he brings lots of joy to his Mummy and Daddy who work very hard to look after him.
We don’t see him very often so we aren’t sure what he would like for Christmas but I am sure he must have given you some clues when he visited you in Harrods recently! His Christmas list is sure to include pyjamas and pretty lights! Thank you, Nanny and Granddad."
My name is Jacob and my Daddy has ‘broken eyes’. I have been very good this year and am now in Year 1! I have been learning to read and write, so I can help my Daddy more. I am busy practicing for the School Play. I am playing Joseph this year. I would love to have a table football for Christmas. Thank you."
I am writing this for my brother Isaac who is nearly 4 and has difficulty with his sight. I wrote to you last year too. Isaac is going to draw a picture for you. For Christmas he wants a hamster. I had a hamster called Jet and it died. Now Isaac wants one of his own.
I hope you are getting things sorted for Christmas Eve. I still like Lego by the way. Isaac (and I) would love to hear a reply by audio please. Thank you."
I have been very good all year. I have been doing my physio in the morning and every night before sleep. I have been cleaning my teeth nicely. I was a good boy at the doctors having my flu jab today.
Please can you leave some of my presents in the games room? I will leave you a glass of milk, two mince pies (one for you to take home for Mrs Claus) and carrots for your reindeer.
Please can you ask your reindeer not to poo in our front room because they did last year and my dad had to clean it up! Please can you bring me a new computer as my computer keeps breaking down.
I like to play my games, go on YouTube and talk to my friends on Facebook. I have lots of photos to look at close up. I zoom faces in so I can see them.
Please can you bring me some music CDs, DVDs and singing toys? I would like another laughing Elmo and singing lion, hippo, monkey toys. Like the ones you gave me last year so I can play them altogether and give mum and dad a headache!
Mum will be in my bed, hiding under the covers when you visit as I get a bit scared when you come in my room. I did laugh last year when I heard you trip over my toys and when you flushed the toilet.
I know you are busy but if you get time, please can you play a quick game on my pool table? I will leave the balls out ready. You might hear me laughing if I’m awake and I hear you. Please send my love to Mrs Claus.
Can you please thank her for my Christmas tea towel she gave me last year. I am still using it when I have my dinner. Please send my love to Arthur and all the other little Elves. Say hello to the reindeer for me.