Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Funnies: Dear Santa

Dear Santa
Copyright 2000, W. Bruce Cameron

My son and Santa Claus have been pen pals every Christmas since he first learned to write. Traditionally, letters to Saint Nick are stuffed in the stockings hanging over the wood stove we call our "fireplace," and are answered via the same mysterious process that allows the jolly old elf to descend down a six-inch stove pipe every Christmas Eve. Here is this year's exchange:

Dear Santa:

For Christmas this year, I would like a guinea pig. I have other stuff I want, but I wanted to get the guinea-pig request in early.

The Best Boy in the World

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Dear Best Boy:

You are not getting a guinea pig. Are you forgetting what happened to the goldfish you had, and also to the mice you were given for your birthday? Please ask for something reasonable, like a new rake to help your father in the yard. That request I can fill immediately.

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Dear Santa:

Well, the directions never said you can't take goldfish into the bathtub with you, so how was I supposed to know? And the thing with the mice was not my fault, it was the cat's fault. I also want a go-cart.

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Dear Pet Boy:

Surely you knew that sitting on the fish would not be good for them. And I hardly think the cat can be blamed for its instinctive pursuit of the mice once you left the cage door open. I'm sorry, but you may have no more rodents, and that's final.

Regarding your new request: You have already demonstrated an unnerving tendency to succumb to the gravitational pull of the earth, hurling yourself headfirst off of your bicycle and your skate board. A go-cart would merely accelerate this process. How about instead of a go-cart you get a wheelbarrow to help haul the leaves you'll be raking.

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Dear So-called Santa:

A guinea pig is not a rodent, it is a member of the pork family.

How about you get me a little trailer for my go-cart and I'll haul leaves in that.

Plus I also want a drum set.

Oh, and I think you should know, my dad is not using the exercise bike you got him last Christmas. I guess it goes against his instinctive pursuit of getting fat.

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Dear Drummer Boy:

No pigs of any kind, including those related to rats. No catapulting yourself headfirst from a go-cart into the emergency room. No banging on drums, or doing anything to create any noise except the sounds of yard work.

And your father is planning on starting his exercise program just as soon as his schedule settles down.

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Dear Saint Nick Picker:

Well, excuse me for thinking that Christmas was for something besides better homes and gardens.

If I can't have a go-cart, I want a snowmobile.

Oh, and I think you'd better take another look at my dad: All he has on his schedule is watching TV and drinking beer. If he settles down any more, he's going to slide off of his chair and onto the floor. Mom says the only way to tell that he's still alive is by his belches.

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Dear Incorrect Boy:

Your father works hard and occasionally takes in a game on TV to relax. There is nothing wrong with this.

And a snowmobile? Are you crazy? Not only are they dangerous, do you have any idea how much a snowmobile costs? Please pick something affordable.

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Dear Santa Flaws:

Well, why do you care what it costs? I thought you had a bunch of dwarves working for you who built everything in your workshop.

If I can't have a guinea pig, I want a monkey.

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Dear Boy:

A monkey? You cannot have a monkey.

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Dear Chris Crumple:

I'm the only kid in my school without a pet.

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But Son,

I refuse to believe anybody in your school has a monkey. It is illegal.

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Dear Santa Laws:

Well, then, can I have a guinea pig?

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Dear Son:

Well...we'll see.


W. Bruce Cameron began his writing career as a humor columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News. Sadly, the Rocky went out of business, but he says that was not his fault. He is a Benchley award winner for humor and was the 2011 NSNC Newspaper Columnist of the Year. He has written for TV (the show 8 Simple Rules, based on his book) and co-wrote the feature film 40 Happens, which will be released in 2014.

His novel A Dog’s Purpose spent 48 weeks on the NY Times Best Sellers List. DreamWorks is developing it as a film and he and his writing partner, Cathryn Michon, wrote the screenplay. The sequel, A Dog’s Journey, was published May 6, 2012, and was instantly a NY Times bestseller.

His novel The Dogs of Christmas will be published in the fall of 2013. He is currently unsure if he can even write a book without the word “dog” in the title.


Sue D said...

How funny!
Merry Christmas!

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