Canada Post “elves” are penning a second response to a New Brunswick boy’s letter to Santa Claus after the first message said his list of gift requests showed he was “forgetting about the true meaning of Christmas.”
The boy’s mother, who did not wish to be identified, told CTV Atlantic that her son thought he had done something wrong to “make Santa mad.”
The post-script on the bottom of Santa’s response to the boy reads: “You certainly have a long list! I think you are forgetting about the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not receiving gifts, but giving from your heart. Two letters is too many.”
The boy had also submitted a letter on behalf of his younger sister.
Canada Post confirmed that a new letter from Santa is on its way in a rhyming statement to CTV Atlantic.
“Twas days before Christmas and in one little letter, an elf thought he was helping, but should have known better. Santa sprang to his desk to write a new note, then placed it in an envelope with a special stamp from his coat. He gave it to Canada Post with a whistle. It’s now flying on its way like the down of a thistle.”
More than a million children send letters to Santa via Canada Post every year using the address: Santa Claus, North Pole, HOH OHO, Canada. Each letter is read and responded to when a return address is included.
The nation-wide program has been around for more than 35 years, answering over 26 million letters in 30 languages – including braille.
Canada Post officials familiar with the “North Pole” program said it is rare to have a grumpy elf, but it has happened before.
“I have to say that’s pretty lame,” said one man about the response to the N.B. boy’s letter. “You can write as many letters as you want.”
“I don’t know if it was an appropriate letter to go back to him. I understand what they are saying … but I mean Santa is Santa. He’s supposed to be for kids. To make kids happy, not to make them feel like they did something wrong,” said another commenter.
With a report from CTV Atlantic’s Laura Brown