Lovely stories on the Old New Year: what Russian-speaking children in the USA wrote to Santa Claus
On the Old New Year, we want to cheer you up with touching quotes from letters that Russian-speaking children living in the USA sent to Santa Claus on holidays. The guys were asked about this by volunteers, and immigrant Yulia Paradnaya-Shipulina shared their answers with ForumDaily. We got very nice messages and requests.
Children wrote letters to Santa Claus in the "American Residence of Santa Claus" - volunteers answered them by hand and sent letters back with wishes, as if they were written by the New Year's wizard himself. The project was free and supported by local businesses.
How did the idea come about? A similar campaign was held for American children with the support of the USPS - children wrote to Santa Claus mostly online. The immigrants decided that the idea itself would appeal to Russian-speaking children living in the USA. They believe in the existence of both wizards, but Santa Claus, unlike Santa, does not answer them, and children and their families really want to keep in touch with Russian culture. This is how the project was born.
The children wrote and completed the letters themselves. The answers came fabulous: with sparkles, artificial snow, and small gifts inside the envelope. And most importantly - real, not electronic.
Such projects, according to the organizers, help to promote Russian culture in the United States, because the child thinks about who Santa Claus is, where he lives, how he looks. And, of course, this is the use of the Russian language in action. It turns out that he is needed not only for grandparents, but also for Santa Claus. By the way, there is a line in the letter that if the child writes in English, Santa Claus will not understand him. And this is a very strong motivation.
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Here are some cute word-for-word quotes from real letters sent by children:
- "Please send me a safe to put sweets there, otherwise my sister steals sweets from everyone like a thief."
- “I behaved a little bit badly and a little bit well. I want my parents to be healthy, I want to fly to my grandmother. I want Santa Claus to give me such a thing to fly to my grandmother. "
- “I dream of going to Russia to see my loved ones and also to enjoy Russian sweets. And also - move to London. Make new friends, be smart, have a new phone, a new computer, be rich and have a good relationship with my sister. ”
- "Dear Santa Claus, on New Year's Eve, I want COVID-19 to end, so that my grandmother does not get sick, go wherever I want."
- “Dear Santa Claus, I live in Seattle, I like everything here, but I still want to return to Russia for a little while. One of the reasons to celebrate the New Year with a family that still lives there. And, of course, I miss Russian food and sweets. Besides Russia, I still want to travel all over the world: to live in Italy, Japan, Germany. But there will always be longing for my home. In the end, I just want to live more fun and always be happy. "
- the project was done for the first time;
- received 110 letters in total;
- they were sent from the states of Oregon, Washington, Texas, Hawaii, South Dakota, California;
- the organizers noticed that the children confuse the Russian New Year tradition and the American one, confuse Santa Claus and Father Frost. For example, they wrote about the fact that Santa Claus will bring gifts through the fireplace, although he enters through the door. They wrote that the team is led by deer, although the horses are leading. This suggests that it is necessary to support the Russian-speaking culture in the USA with such projects;
- there were letters from children who wrote that they miss Russia and want to go home. They miss Russian food, family and want to celebrate New Year there;
- adults wrote letters and said that it was hard for them to live in the USA and they wanted to return to Russia;
- the children wrote that they really want to go back to school. This is significant because in the United States, children study online, while in Russia they attend school;
- many want the coronavirus to disappear as soon as possible;
- many children shared their experiences and did not talk about gifts at all;
- there were both those who asked for very simple things (comfortable clothes, hot glue with straws, paint brushes) and those who asked for more expensive gifts (hoverboards, drones, iPhones, Lego sets).
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