A Whimsey: 100 Year Old Letter to Santa Claus Found in Dublin Home

Placed in chimney a century ago it comes to light


IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Wednesday, December 21,  2011, 7:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, December 21, 2011,  9:50 AM
The letter was written by the Howard family siblings to Father Christmas in 1911, and found in a Terenure house.

The letter was written by the Howard  family siblings to Father Christmas in 1911, and found in a Terenure  house.
Photo by Eric Luke c/o The Irish  Times

A 100-year-old Santa letter written by a Dublin  brother and sister has come to light – and offers a fascinating glimpse into the  Christmas spirit of old.

The Irish Times newspaper has published the letter, written  by the Howard family siblings to Father Christmas in 1911, and found in a  Terenure house.

Builder John Byrne came across the handwritten note on a shelf behind a fireplace and the paper reports that it has been slightly scorched over the years.

The brother and sister penned the letter in their  Dublin home on Christmas Eve 1911 when they requested gifts and offered a ‘good  luck’ message to Santa Claus.

The message to Santa was warm but explicit. “I want  a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple  and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.”

The letter was placed in the chimney of the  fireplace in the front bedroom so that Father Christmas would see it as he made  his way into the house in the early hours of the morning.

“At that time, the fireplaces were made of brick  with a shelf on either side,” said John Byrne. “The letter was found on one of  the shelves.”

The paper reports that, as well as the requests for gifts  from Santa, the letter also contains drawings and the ‘good luck’ message.

The 1911 census states there were three children  living at the address. Hannah, who was 10 at the time, and Fred, who was seven,  fit in with the initials on the letter. A third child, a 13-year-old called  Lily, is also listed.

The Howard family, including dad Fred and mum Mary,  were all born in England and listed their religion as Church of Ireland.

MOLLYNOTE: Wouldn’t it be neat if someone would find a Santa note (and money) behind some Chimney in the Carter Mansion? I can see Jennifer doing a happy dance right now :o).


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