There’s only one more sleep left until children can open their longed-for presents on Christmas morning – and for youngsters, the tradition of writing letters to Santa is as strong as ever.
Department store John Lewis, in Barker’s Pool, has received hundreds of letters bound for the North Pole in its special postbox.
As ever, Lego was on scores of Sheffield children’s wish lists, while merchandise for the hit Disney film Frozen was also a must-have present for 2014 – but there were plenty of more outlandish requests, too.
Lola Rose, aged four, from Meadowhead, supplied a lengthy list including ‘a princess, a cat, a rabbit and a mouse, flowers, a vase and honey’, while Henry Houlding, of Ecclesall, wanted ‘anything with rockets’ and ‘a plant’.
Bridget Lindsay, of Woodseats, asked for ‘wings, some teacups and a teapot’, and Henry Goodhart, from Carterknowle, wanted a helicopter.
Maisie Daws, from Dore, wanted a live meerkat and some chocolate, Millie Nicol, of Grenoside, asked for ‘a princess dress and a scooter with little wheels’. James Mills, of Greenhill, requested ‘a wooden garage’ and a suitcase.
Sophie Shackley, of Millhouses, compiled by far the most precise list, in neat handwriting with coloured pens. Among her wishes was a ‘non-fiction reference book’, ‘a handbag of reasonable size’ as well as a ‘long tube of jaffa cakes’.
Each child who posted a letter at John Lewis received a personalised reply direct from the North Pole on special headed notepaper.
James Prince, head of the Barker’s Pool branch, said: “Part of the excitement of Christmas for children is writing a list of all the things they’ve been dreaming of to open on Christmas morning.
“Our box makes sure that the letters get straight to Father Christmas and he writes back personally to each child to let them know their letters have been received.”
Sam Owen, from Crosspool, wrote: “I would like a big bed, a green bike, and some Lego.”
In her letter, Millie Brown, from Dronfield, wrote: “I would like clothes, Lego, board games and to have a happy life after Christmas.”
And Fletcher Radford, also of Dronfield, said: “I have been a very good boy this year. For Christmas I would like a dinosaur.”