Dear Santa

Three days before Christmas, 2016

Dear Santa,

I love Christmas! The hymns we sing, the celebrations we attend, that extra bit of happy in the faces of people you see when you wish them a merry Christmas or happy holiday.  No wonder you’re such a jolly old elf!

I’ve spent some time thinking about what to write in a letter to such a venerable gift-giver as yourself. What should I ask for? What could I ask for that wouldn’t seem self-centered and—well—petty, especially in light of all that’s going on in the world?

Since I’m writing to a deadline—Christmas is coming, after all–I’ll give it my best try. I hope you’ll forgive me if it isn’t entirely right.


I ask for peace, for everyone, everywhere!

I ask for love for those who don’t know its power.

I ask for joy for those who hurt during this beautiful season.

I ask for hope for all who labor day after day to make their life and the lives of their family better.

And I ask for a miracle for those who need it most!

Merry Christmas,
Tracy Garrett


Tracy Garrett
History, Texas, cowboys, horses—these are a few of Tracy’s favorite things. Check out her westerns at


  1. Thank you for the beautiful post Tracy. It touched my heart as I am going through a very difficult time right now with my 88 year old mother.

    Many blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. I understand, Cindy, truly. Sending hugs and wishes for a blessed, peaceful Christmas for you and your mother.

  2. Thanks so much for that. I wish the same.

    1. Merry Christmas, DebraG!

  3. Those are wonderful things to wish for.

  4. Merry Christmas, Janine!

  5. Tracy, your Christmas list contains the most perfect gifts of all. Let’s hope Santa is generous with those gift this year.

    Love you, filly sister! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. Amen, Tex. Merry Christmas!

  6. Awesome things to wish for!
    Merry Christmas!

  7. Those are what I call Grown Up Christmas wishes.. I hope Santa brings them to us all.. Merry Christmas.

    1. Adulting isn’t always fun–but the wishes come from the heart. Merry Christmas, Kathleen O!

  8. Wonderful sentiment, Tracy! May all your wishes come true 🙂


  9. Tracy, that’s the perfect wish list! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.

  11. Your letter is beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  12. Thank you for such a lovely letter.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.


    1. And to you, Eliza!

  13. What wonderful and needed things to ask for. If you were to get them all, the world would truly be a place of peace and prosperity.
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.

    1. That’s what I pray for daily, Patricia. Merry Christmas!

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