A Letter to Santa–PN

Dear Santa

In my 71 years of existence I have never ever written a letter to you. Well! In my childhood Santa was just a roly-poly, white bearded, grandpa like figure who appeared in Enid Blyton books and comics. We in South India did not have winters, snow, sleds or reindeers and chimneys for people to use as an entrance. We did not have parcels wrapped up in glossy paper and ribbon tied and really no concept of “presents”! Our parents just bought us stuff that we needed and it was given to us casually in paper bags. New clothes were more excitingly looked forward to and this was given for festivals like Deepavali—the festival of lights—and other Hindu festivals. I am an only daughter and my mother would make new clothes regularly and buy me a geegaw or two every year.

I don’t remember cutting a cake or blowing candles, neither do my brothers. The cake, candles, balloons happened only after our kids appeared on the scene and we fell into the western custom as it was dictated to by their peers. Santa, stockings, presents, Xmas trees and “Ho Ho Ho” came into our lives from shopping arcades and Hollywood movies. I think my kids were pragmatical and did not really believe in you Santa…but my little granddaughter Madhura did believe in you (somewhat if not wholly) till a couple of years ago…she is 11 now.

Okay…let’s get back to this demandment letter as it is supposed to be. I hear one has to have been “good” for Santa to visit me. Looking back on this year which has been for the most part, a restricting, confined existence, the chances to not be “good” have been few and far apart. In fact, all of us have gone out of our way to chalk up good deeds for attaining moksha or deliverance in case we are struck by the virus and have to go to our maker. At least I have been hoping that any accumulation of paapa or sins of the past may…they don’t..get mitigated by my angelic goodness of the past few months. I have thrown a temper tantrum occasionally, yelled at somebody who irritated me through telemarketing or repeated requests for something or the other. I have spoken ill of politicians and rapists. That I must confess and say Mea Culpa!!

Coming to my list of possible presents from you…I really don’t need anything.

I could have asked for books…but my Kindle is full of stuff that I have not read and my bookshelves too.

I could have asked for clothes or jewels…but where am I going to wear them..I still have unworn or barely worn stuff anyway!!

I could have asked for some gadget or the other, but I have been gifted a new phone by my daughter already. My kitchen is groaning with filled drawers…however I sometimes think that I may want an Instapot..but my pressure cookers are (please note the plural) doing fine..I cook bare minimum anyway.

Ah!! Yes!! I have been dreaming of a Roomba buzzing around under my furniture and picking up dirt and grime…but as of now I have a human Roomba who comes in every morning to give a desultory sweep and swab augmented by my occasional manic cleaning sprees. So, I think I will pass!! It is also God Awful expensive…maybe i will wait for the prices to fall…wouldn’t want you to rob a bank!

So, since you are a merchandise gifting guy….I think I will pass on the demandments. Now! If like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, you can wave a magic wand and make this virus go away…then I would write a letter daily to you until you could weave your spells and say Abrcadabra.

Till then…it is social distancing and masks…I hope you got yours ready for your visit to kids this season… Make sure your reindeers wear masks and your sled and gifts are all sanitised and that your elves wore gloves while making, packing the presents. I would also advise you to avoid chimneys and milk and cookies set out for you as they may be sources of infection…we wouldn’t want you to fall foul of Covid 19 and we have to say goodbye to you in 2020!

Take care! Stay safe. Bless you.

Your new entrant applicant


From my archives I found a piece written some years ago. This was an article..A wish list to Santa.. that I wrote for a newspaper’s New Year special supplement…it did not get published due to lack of space!!


This is my take on this week’s Friday blog post topic suggested by my daughter Nitila Natarajan. It is out of turn as Maria had to give us the ping..but admin goofed up!

The other bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Shackman, Conrad, Ramana, Sanjanaah, Gaelikka, Srinivas and Padmini.

Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say to Santa!!







About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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4 Responses to A Letter to Santa–PN

  1. rummuser says:

    It is remarkable that you are one day ahead of the scheduled time for this post and what is more, with a remarkable lead up and list that is simply mind boggling/1

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Maria says:

    Great article on the concept of being eastern and adapting to something western. All wrapped up in a letter to Santa. Good work!


  3. Conrad says:

    Have you ever, to this day, gone down a snow covered hill on a sled? We used to do it until we were totally frozen! Especially that day I ended up going too far and slid out into the pond ice which cracked dumping me into the frigid water.


    • padmum says:

      Nope..we stepped out on eternal snow on top of Mount Tetlis. Seen little piles of snow driving on our way to Edinburgh from Heathrow and from again SF to the Grand Canyon.
      Your experience is sending chills up my spine…I am s warm tropical lizard.


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