Dear Santa: Children's Christmas Letters and Wish Lists, 1870 - 1920 by Chronicle Books

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Read Dear Santa: Children's Christmas Letters and Wish Lists, 1870 - 1920 Online Free - This first-ever collection of children's letters to Santa—written between 1870 and 1920—presents more than 100 charming missives, each one yet more endearing. Along with its vintage charm, timeless sentiments, and non-denominational perspective, this heartwarming book is filled with historical discoveries that will delight everyone who loves this holiday ritual. Dear Santa is a celebration of one of Christmas's most enduring traditions, and a tribute to the millions of households that keep it alive.

Title : Dear Santa: Children's Christmas Letters and Wish Lists, 1870 - 1920
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ISBN : 1452140189
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 pages


Rose Ann rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2017

Children's Christmas letters and wish lists, 1870-1920 LOVED this! I had so much fun reading this with my kids. It starts out with the history of the Santa letter, then the origins of Santa Claus. Each section after that is by decade with snippets of each era, toy terminology and living history refer...

Teri rated it ★★★☆☆

December 24, 2017

This is a sweet collection of children's letters to Santa from 1870 through 1920. A lot of the letters are from poor kids just wishing for something in their stockings or a small gift. Some even wish for Santa to give their toys to the poor kids around the world. This was especially evident durin...

Caren rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2015

What a charming little book! The book contains children's letters to Santa from 1870 to 1920, arranged by decade. A short introduction gives the reader an overview of the development of the Santa image, then each decade is prefaced with a short explanation of any requests for toys that may be unk...

Stephanie ((Strazzybooks)) rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2017

This was a fun pre-Christmas book. It had interesting tidbits about Christmas history, and I loved the analyzation of children's Christmas letters through the decade (we can gain so much by what they ask for, mentions of charity and tradition, etc.). It helped put me in the spirit and I may rerea...

Mehsi rated it ★★★★★

February 13, 2016

4.5 stars. I encountered this one while browsing Twitter around Christmas. It looked amazingly adorable and I just knew I had to have this one. I ordered it, and it arrived last week. :) The book isn't only letters though, yes, they make up most of the book, but there is also a little bit of histo...

Len rated it ★★★★★

December 21, 2017

I am a chaplain of a nursing home in south central Pennsylvania. I also work at the local radio station, broadcasting high school sports and hosting a religious music show early Sunday mornings. About two weeks ago I received a letter from a loyal listener. She wrote about my selection of Christm...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2017

Dear Santa: Children’s Christmas Letters and Wish Lists, 1870 – 1920 by Chronicle Books What I like about this book are many things. Not only for children but adults as there is so much history to learn about. love that they show color photos of a scene during the book. So much history: how the San...

Jeff rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 01, 2018

Free book available around Christmas that I downloaded. Christmas spirit, why not. Unfortunately the book was of little interest. I did use it to tell my children that a hundred years ago children were thrilled with nuts and fruit for Christmas. Actually of more interest than the letters themselv...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2017

History through the eyes of children These letters reflect the world around the children and their understanding of the times. Some are funny and a bit greedy. But many tell of families in crisis with dad not working and mom doing laundry. These kids ask for shoes, socks and mittens. The saddest...

Paula rated it ★★★★☆

December 21, 2017

A delightful book of children's letters to Santa from 1870 - 1920. It gives an overview of how the concept of Santa started and where. It also gives definitions to some names of toys popular at the time. It was a fun read, seeing how much things have changed. I found it quite sad at times and fun...

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