Illustration by Leanna Wright.

Illustration by Leanna Wright.

December 1, 2006

Dear Santa,

My name is Brynn. I am six years old. I have been a good girl this year. Here is what I would like for Christmas:

T.M.X. Tickle Me Elmo



A giraffe (Not a real one, please! —Mommy)

These are the things I want for Christmas, and I think it is OK if you bring them to me because I have been very good. I do not want coal. Please do not bring me coal because that would be mean and I don’t want a mean Santa in my house. Thank you Santa.

Brynn, Age 6



December 1, 2007

Dear Santa,

I think you know this already but my name is Brynn. I’m seven, and I live in Maine. I’ve been good this year so I think I should be on your Nice List. If you come to my house, please bring me these things for Christmas. Thank you very much.

1. Hannah Montana doll (PLEASE!!!!!)
2. A pink sparkle sweater
3. A bracelet making-kit so I can make a bracelet for my new friend Ari
4. Soccer cleats (BLUE PLEASE!)
5. A rock tumbler (Because rocks ROCK!!!! Get it?!)

Brynn, Age 7

P.S. Hi, Rudolph! I love you! I will leave you a carrot!!!


December 1, 2008

Dear Santa Claus,

It’s me, Brynn P. from Maine! I’m eight and I’m very well-behaved and I’d like a few things for Christmas, if that’s OK. Here is my list:

1. World Peace (I know this is a lot to ask, but I think it is important, and if anyone can do it it’s you. Mommy says it may take a little time but that’s OK, maybe you can just get started this year? That would be really cool.)
2. Soccer cleats (Blue please! I wore mine out from last year! I’m getting better, I think!)
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the book (and any other books, books rule!)
4. Art supplies
5. Littlest Pet Shop stuff!

Love Forever,
Brynn, Age 8

P.S. Kisses to Rudolph!


December 1, 2009

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas from Maine! It’s Brynn Perkins, and I’m nine this year, in case you forgot. I know it must be hard to keep track of the ages and names of so many kids! Hopefully you have some elf assistants to help you out. Like Buddy the Elf from the movie! He makes me laugh.

Anyway, I have been good this year. I got in trouble once for drawing on my desk but Mrs. Fletcher said if I stayed after and washed all of the desks in class that I’d be forgiven, so I think I’m still on the Nice List. I hope so! I didn’t mean to draw on the desk. Sometimes I do things without realizing it. So I hope you can forgive me like Mrs. Fletcher did. She is nice. Please bring her something for Christmas, too. She likes dresses made out of blue jeans.

This year, I would like:

1. World Peace
2. Nintendo Wii with Just Dance (because I LOVE to dance!)
3. Fearless by Taylor Swift (She is so cool! Please bring her a Christmas present too! Make it sparkly)
4. A nice pack of colored pencils
5. Blue soccer cleats

Your friend,
Brynn, Age 9

P.S. Kisses and hugs to you, Rudolph!


December 1, 2010

Dear Kris Kringle,

Ho Ho Ho, it’s Christmas time again, and your old friend Brynn Perkins is here to request some gifts. I’ve been good, as always. I am going to get right to the point. I only want one thing this year:

A PUPPY!!!!!!!
(Oh, and also World Peace. And soccer cleats. BLUE ONES.)

Love and hugs,

B.P., Age 10

P.S. What’s up Rudolph!?


December 1, 2011

Dear Santa Claus,

I want a fourth generation iPad Touch with a purple owl case and some art supplies and stuff. Also maybe some gift cards. Please don’t buy me clothes, it’s so boring (except for cleats, because I need them, which is also kind of boring, but still). Thank you.

Brynn, Age 11

P.S. Please bring my dog Gretel one of those gross pig ear things. She loves those! And I love her, so thanks for bringing her last year.


December 1, 2012

’Sup “Santa,”

I don’t know why “you” insist on making me write an actual list down when I’ve been walking around the house for months talking about how cool it would be to get a Kindle Fire and a gift card that pays for like 900 books, but here it is:

1. I would like a Kindle Fire and
2. A gift card that pays for like 900 books
3. Cleats, even though they are not a present as much as a “sports necessity.”

Thanks, dude.

Your BFF,
Brynn P., Age 12


December 1, 2013

Christmas List – Brynn, 2013

iPhone 5s
1D TICKETS!!!!!!
Gift cards
Soccer cleats (BLUE, of course)




December 1, 2014

Dear Santa,

Nobody has asked me to write you a list for few years now. My mother just asks me what I want and that’s it. It feels weird to start December without writing to you in some way, though, so I’m writing to you in my journal instead.

Grammy isn’t feeling well, and I’m not sure if she’s going to get better. Do you think you could maybe do something about that? If magic exists at all—could you maybe spare some for us? I’ve been good (sometimes without even trying—it’s hard to get into trouble when you don’t get invited out much), and I really don’t want anything except for maybe a little more time with Grammy.

This whole entry is ridiculous and embarrassing, but I’ve heard if you put an idea into the universe, sometimes the universe responds.

If you could respond with some good news, that would make our Christmas a great one.

With love,
Brynn, 14

P.S. Hi Rudolph. It’s been a few years, but I still love you.


December 1, 2015

Dear Santa,

Because everyone else is doing it, I guess I’ll post my Christmas list on Tumblr! I’ve been pretty good this year. Not perfect, but decent. My grades are good, I’m nice to people, and I haven’t like, robbed a bank or anything. Also, this one time in the cafeteria there was only one carton of tater tots left and I let Ari have them, so you could say I’ve sacrificed quite a bit.

Nothing you bring me could top your “gift” from last year—though technically Grammy’s recovery is due to science and experimental medicine, I think you may have had a little hand in it as well, and for that I thank you forever. Grammy and I are baking cookies today! I’m going to make ones that look like you, and I’ll be sure to make them especially handsome.

This year has been pretty weird in a lot of ways. I’ve made more friends, and I made varsity soccer! All those years of new cleats paid off! The world has seemed extra scary this year, so I’m trying hard to remember the spirit of the holiday—peace and love and kindness. I think the world needs a lot more of all three, tbqh.

I don’t really want anything for Christmas this year. Maybe some money? Then I could just buy a few things for myself and maybe some things for other people. It’s way more fun to give presents to other people, in my opinion. But you’re the expert on that, of course.

I guess if I had to ask for one thing for myself, it would be a new coat. A red one, maybe? Something warm and cozy and useful. I know that is super boring but really it’s all I need! Oh, and more art supplies because I can never have enough of those. And, of course, a new pair of cleats.

I used to love you very much, and I still love what you represent, I guess? My mom says that when I was little I used to ask for World Peace on my Christmas lists all the time, and I’m sorry I stopped doing that. I think this is the year I’ll start again. I know you’re busy and it’s a big order, but I’ll keep asking until you deliver, kind of like how my mom has to get on the phone with customer service sometimes and be all, “What do you mean Tuesday? I paid for two-day shipping! I need to talk to a manager, NOW.”

I know the world seems meaner and colder, but you make it better, just by being someone who inspires people to write letters, and who makes people believe in something unbelievable, simply because it is beautiful. Merry Christmas.

Brynn, 15

P.S. Your cookies will be gluten-free this year, har har