This post was originally written for Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and posted on 6 December 2009.
Today, Genea Blogger asks the following questions on the Advent Calender of Christmas Memories:
Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
I remember writing letters to Santa when I was a child. Did they ever get mailed? I doubt it. As for making a list, we absolutely made them yearly and hoped that we were good enough to get everything we asked for.
As for believing in Santa, of course I do! If you do not believe, you do not get any gifts.
I will say that while we are on the subject of Santa, I think it is great that he finally writes letters back to the kids that write to him. About 9-10 years ago, my three kids all wrote their letters to Santa and each one got a reply (postmarked from the North Pole)! How excited they were to get those letters.
Dear Genea Santa,
As I am sure you know, it has been a rough year for most everyone. While I have been hard at work trying to research may different lines in my family, I am certainly having a difficult time with two of them.
What I would love most this holiday season, is the death certificate for my Great Great Grandfather, John O’Connell (Nov 1857 – 26 Sep 1931). With the economy being is such a bad way, I have not been able to find a job yet and cannot afford to order this record. With this record I would also love to get a little bit more information on John and his family growing up, and his marriage to Bridget Curran (1862-1895).
Since I have started researching my in laws Russian line, I would love to be able to have someone willing to translate the emails I am receiving from Russia (I do appreciate the websites out there that help, but I would love a thorough translation). I would also like to have the death certificate of Anatoli Poray – Koshetz (9 Aug 1875 Russia – 29 May 1937 Stamford, CT).
I have been a good genealogist this year, with helping to transcribe records for family search, assisting others when I can find the information. I have spent time with my Great Aunt’s recording some of their family stories on audio and plan to do the same with my Grandma in the next few weeks. I hope to be able to transcribe their stories and put together a few, fun articles for my blog. So please Genea Santa, help me and my other friends out this season and grant of few of our genea wishes.
Terri @ Finding Our Ancestors
PS. The cookies and milk will be on the coffee table, plus a special treat for Rudolph and his friends await!