Santa Claus went viral this week because of its touching modesty: A box of paint, a school bag, and a bit of candy were the only requests on the list. And it got us wondering: How have Santa letters changed over the decades?
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According to the United States Post Office's Pete Fontana, "chief elf" of the national 101-year-old Letters to Santa department, messages to the North Pole have taken a sad turn in just the 16 years that he's overseen the program. "Now they have a more serious intent," Fontana tells Yahoo Shine. "People talk about how they're poor, are living on low incomes — some even send their tax returns to prove it."
That's because parents know the Read More »from 'Dear Santa': Adorable Christmas Requests from Kids, 1900s–Now