Monday, November 26, 2012

Dear Santa..

A lovely vintage typewriter has been unearthed!  It is in partial working order in that it is missing the 'J' key.  I rather like the fact that the typewriter is 'local' (this reminds me of the Portlandia 'Is it local?' sketch which is rather funny if you are in the right mood - you can find it here if you are so inclined to check it out).

The 'J' -less Spink Typewriter,  November 2012
We are putting it to good use and have begun the slow process of typing our Santa letters.  Here in the UK it is actually possible to post your letters to Santa!  If you don't believe me, check out the Royal Mail website here.

Dear Santa...
We will be fine so long as we don't want to ask for any jelly beans, jam or jungle animals!

What would be on your list?


  1. I am so pleased to hear that Santa also collects mail in the UK, Cari-Jane. Here in Canada, Santa's postal code at the North Pole is H0H 0H0! There are staff at Canada Post who take it in hand to reply to letters on Santa's behalf (but, shhh, don't tell!)

    When my four boys were young, they always wrote to Santa in plenty of time (usually by the end of October). They were permitted to request two items, and there was a price limit. They knew they would receive one gift of the two requested, because in our household, it was important to leave Santa enough funds for all the world's other children. As a consequence, my boys were prevented from developing that insatiable appetite for disposable gifts I saw in so many of their classmates. They still talk about great Holiday memories such as special meals and visits with family.

  2. I love that you are using a typewriter to write letters to Santa. I remember playing with my parents' typewriter -- but it was electric. I only wrote one letter to Santa -- to the H0H 0H0 postal code mentioned in the comment above. I don't remember what I asked for, but I never really got much either. I usually received one or two big things off my list, and then a few other little things. It's hard to make a Christmas list as an adult because you have the money to just go out and buy things for yourself, but I love shopping for others! What would be on your list?

    p.s. The Portlandia skit you share is hilarious. I also like "Put a Bird on It."

  3. oh my dear, can i say i had a minor twinge of jealousy that you get to tap at those keys? the sound, the feel, THE RETURN!!!! I still have my college typewriter in the attic, but it's when things were getting oh so modernize and had a bit of a word processor in it that could save some of my files.
    just doesn't have the same sound or feel.

    letters for santa front, you can do that here in US as well. You just have to address to North Pole. I was Santa's Helper last year, and helped him get a letter back to my great nephew. What fun. Personally, I LOVE Santa. He even made a visit to my great nephew 2 christmases ago (He must have flown over Ireland as he had a bit of a Dublin accent). The face on Cayden, none of us will ever forget. Sheer delight, pure shock.

    My list....I used to make out a list with my Aunt Doris, after thanksgiving dinner each year. We'd cuddle on the couch and she'd take my notes for Santa (she was a secretary). Now my list is all about handmade, stocking stuffers, and champagne for Christmas morning because there is always much to celebrate.

  4. charming/enjoy
    miss the magic of christmas now storm is all grown...
    so many great memories of my childhood and his.
    on my list this year: the courage to achieve
    x ... ***

  5. I'd like some sleep, the ability to cook a roast properly and some sparkly booze that's out of my price range :) love the typewritter, let's hope father Christmas is listening!

  6. We used to send our letters to Father Christmas up Grandma's chimney... seemed to work pretty well, but I love that Royal Mail are still making sure those without access to chimneys still get there letters sent in a timely fashion ;-)

  7. _oy to the world, and to you too Cari _ane:)Best wishes _ane xx

  8. I have been known to write cranky letters to the newspaper from (nom de plume) mabis on an old typewriter......,but Skipping to the list: leather handbag, 2. Circular saw, 3. Old school mixer with attachments for mincing, sausage making and blending, 4. A printmaking class and a cookery class 5. Plants and labour for the garden. 5. New summer sandals.


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