Wednesday, December 1, 2010


While reading the lovely blog November Grey, I saw one of her posts titled "Dear Santa" and thought it was a super cute idea. So, I wanted to write my own variation of it for fun!

Then, after chatting with the Radiant Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous, she too wanted to join in, and so we decided we would both write our own and post them on December 1st! :)

(image: slightly altered by moi)

Ever since I was a little girl, my parents had me and my sisters create, make and write a letter to Santa, but they only allowed us to ask for one thing that our little hearts really, really wished to have.

I realize that most kids probably made lists of multiple things they wanted, but not Little Liesl or my super sisters! :)

Sisters on Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
(I'm in the middle)

Honestly, I'm glad my extraordinary parents instilled this form of "Dear Santa" letter writing in us because I think it made Christmas more about special traditions, yummy treats and priceless family time, then about a long list of gifts, which also taught us to enjoy and be thankful for what we already had.

To this day, my favorite time of the holiday season is the time leading up to Christmas Day, rather than the day itself, and I know it always will be!

Simply enjoying the holiday lights, decorations, music, scents and yummy treats, as well as the time I get with my family playing games, laughing, baking, enjoying festive cocktails and even tracking Santa thanks to all beats the presents for me, although I love giving them!

So, in sticking with the only "Dear Santa" letters I have ever written, below is my letter for this year. Feel free to tell me what you are wishing for, even if it is as far out there as mine, or write one of your very own! :)

December 1, 2010
Dear Santa,

I know I haven't written you in many years, but it sure does feel good to be writing you again, and I really hope this letter finds you and Mrs. Claus well.

You and the elves must be very busy prepping for your big trip to all the homes of the many good boys and girls around the world, so, I'll try to keep this as short as possible.

This year, I'm not really asking for anything in particular, but rather wishing for kindness, patience and positivity to fall wherever I find myself and hopefully spread.

I realize this might seem like an unrealistic, "sunshine and rainbows" type of letter, but in recent years, I have personally...

Seen just how far the littlest gesture of kindness, even in the simple form of a smile, can go, and have been heartwarmingly thanked for my kindness and smile countless times by complete strangers.

Witnessed the importance of patience in life, and more important with others. How it can change a life, help guide a person in the right direction and even keep someone from ending their life, something I was later told I did thanks to my continued patience with them.

Believed in positivity, and how doing one's best to be as positive as possible, which is a personal choice, can really turn a day around, and is usually appreciated by others, whether verbalized or not.

I think these are qualities I have been attracted to since I was a little girl, but just wish existed more predominantly in those around me. In a strange way I long for this, looking and hoping for it almost daily, yet, I'm not exactly sure why, and am surprised at how rare it can be to find.

Honestly, this is a priceless wish of mine, and means more to me than any tangible gift with a price tag "cheesy" as some might view it.

Thank you so much for what the spirit of you does for so many of us during the holildays, and no matter how many years pass...I will always believe!

Sending smiles your way,


  1. This touched my heart and made me so happy. Thanks for the pick me up when I'm feeling under the weather.

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

  2. Sweet Liesl...

    What a wonderful letter. And thank you for your kind mention. I'm so happy it inspired you to write one of your own.

    It's funny how as we get older, our "wishes" change. Sure, I'd still like those fabulous shoes and trip to Barcelona (did you hear that Santa?) but more than anything my wishes have become hopes and dreams for the people I love.

    I adore you and your blog!

    P.S. - that pic of "little you" is adorable.

    With love,

    T xx

    November Grey

    My Dear Santa

  3. That is such a beautiful letter to Santa and the photo just melted my heart! How adorable:) Happy 1st of December, darling

    Ps: I am hosting a beautiful scarf GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Christmas.

  4. Aww such a cute idea! And your wish is really realistic and great! xx

  5. This is one of the most beautiful Dear Santa letters ever. How funny, as I get older (I don't think I'll ever grow up :)), my wishes have also changed a lot. I still adore beautiful material things, but more concerned about loved ones in my life and other immaterial things.

  6. You brightened my day with that! It's so refreshing to see such positivity!


  7. What an adorable post! I love this, and I may have to steal this idea for my blog :) Thanks for the sweet comment, darling!

  8. Huh, I also follow this rule with my kids. They are only allowed to ask for one thing. Since they are little they are fine with this rule and do not question it. It actually made my 3.5 yr old think about if for weeks before deciding on his one item. I feel so very much the same way. I absolutely love December more than the Xmas itself. I love the decorations the gatherings and the joy that you can just feel in the air during this month. Having the kids starting to get more into makes it even more special now.
    Thanks for visiting my blog by the way.

  9. This is just wonderful and I am going to do this with Jemma. She has never really wanted a long list of things. When we go through Target or Toys R Us, it is long, but when we sit to write it, she has only ever asked for 2 or 3 things. We also make her ask Santa how he is doing and to have a great rest of the year. This post is awesome and like you, the whole month of December is just magical!

  10. Liesl,

    This is so beautiful. You are so genuine and amazing as I express time and time again. I'm so happy to have you as a friend. I love that you share your feelings and spread all the love you have!


  11. Such a gorgeously written post, dear! I love the concept of writing a "grown-up" letter to Santa! I'm sure all of our wishes have changed so much. Thank you for sharing! I'm an excited new follower to your blog!

  12. Such a great idea! Love your letter!

  13. Liesl: such a cute letter! I am sooo glad you focused on happy positive things:-) Loved reading this!

    Hope you have a fab weekend, and I love your banner with the santa hat!

  14. aw this is so sweet liesl!! you are the cutest! And I love that picture of you as a little girl :)

  15. I hope that Santa will
    heared your wishes..

  16. LIESL!!! I have to get on my list :( I am so sorry!!! Working on this lady! Love you! xo

  17. That pic of you as a little girl is seriously so cute. What an amazing letter too, your attitude is contagious! :-)


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