THERE’S just over a week to go until the big day - and kids across South Yorkshire have been busy scribbling their letters to Father Christmas.
Hundreds of boys and girls have been writing their letters to Santa and posting them in a special letterbox at the John Lewis department store in Barker’s Pool, Sheffield.
The letters are then sent straight to Lapland, letting Father Christmas know what the region’s children would like to see under the tree on December 25.
The Star has seen a selection of the letters - and found that time-honoured favourite Lego once again tops many youngsters’ wish lists, along with newer gifts such as Fur-Real animals, iPods and BMX bikes.
Caspar, aged four, from Dore, asked for a ‘pretend doggy, Lego, a fluffy bear, a sparkly diamond for my room and Maltesers’, while Madison, of Fulwood, requested ‘a toy dog and a pair of earrings’.
Sam, from Intake, said he would like a ‘desk and table, cars, a piano and a train track’, and three-year-old Grace, of Middlewood, asked for ‘sweeties, chocolate buttons and a work bench’.
Evie, who lives in Walkley, supplied Santa with a very authoritative Christmas list, including five different varieties of make-up, four high street vouchers, a personalised necklace and a bunch of grapes from Crookes shop Just Natural.
Sebastian, one, from Meadowhead, asked for ‘a new book’, while Ruby, of Woodseats, asked for ‘a blue boy doggy with a lead’ and ‘a dolly that can cry and eat and go to sleep’.
Stanley, two-and-a-half, of Carterknowle, requested ‘an alien in a box’ and a scooter, and Marjorie, of Orgreave, asked for an easel.
Pop fan Abigail, of Aston, asked for One Direction dolls, and Louie, in Chesterfield, said he would like ‘a bike and a bin lorry’.
The John Lewis post box was a big hit with young customers visiting the store, and each child who posted a letter to Father Christmas received a personalised reply direct from the North Pole, on Santa’s own special headed notepaper.
Josh, nine, of Beauchief, asked for 13 different Lego items, and four-year-old Lillian, from Greystones, wanted ‘a blue shiny star, a marshmallow, a plum and a carrot’.
Cara, in Fulwood, requested ‘a polar bear with glittery ear muffs’, and Maisy, six, of Banner Cross, understands the true meaning of Christmas and asked for a Bible.
Alicia, from Stannington, wrote: ‘For Christmas I would like a chow-chow dog who I’d name Henry.’
India, three, of Jordanthorpe, asked for ‘lots and lots of things’, Imogen, three, of Greenhill, wanted ‘a little car’ and Frances, from Meadowhead, said she’d like ‘a rabbit and hutch, for it to live in’.
Abbie, from Wincobank, wrote a list including ‘a piglet, a horse, a cat, a dog and an iPad’, while Leo, of Darnall, simply wrote: “I love games.”
Sam, six, of Broomhall, asked for a waistcoat, while Joe and Mollie, of Meersbrook, asked for ‘some trains’, movingly adding: “Most of all we’d like our Uncle Simon to be safe in Afghanistan.”