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LETTER TO SANTA CLAUS.
T was winter, and shortly before Christmas; the wind was howling and
the snowflakes were pelting on the window-panes. Paul and Mary were
sitting in a nice, warm room, watching their mother at her spinning-wheel.
"How I should like to have a little spinning-wheel!" said Mary; "then
I could help you, mother."
 "If I might make a wish," said Paul, "I would not wish for a spinning-wheel,
but a sled with steel runners; then I could ride on the snow and ice.
I would give you a ride, dear sister, and be careful not to upset you."
"Now," said the mother, "be contented for awhile; perhaps Santa
Claus will bring you what you have wished for; you have been good, and
Santa Claus loves good children. So that he may not forget your wishes,
I'll write him a letter."
She seated herself at her writing-desk, and wrote the following: "Dear
Santa Claus! I have two dear little children, who have been good during
the whole year; their names are Paul and Mary. Both wish to ask a favor
of you. Paul would like to have a sled with steel runners, Mary a little
spinning-wheel. Will you not bring them? We sincerely beg you may
grant these wishes, and the children promise always to be good and kind.
Do not forget the wishes of mother, Paul and Mary."
They folded the letter, sealed it, and Paul's little pigeon was to be the
letter-carrier. Mother tied a blue ribbon around the letter, and fastened it
to the pigeon's neck. The pigeon flew out of the window and returned
without the letter. The children counted the days till Christmas, and great
was their joy when mother rang a little bell to tell them that Santa Claus
had been there. They ran into the parlor, and there on the table stood a
large Christmas tree, with many beautiful lights, and under it was a lovely
red sled, with steel runners, for Paul, and a little spinning-wheel for Mary.
Santa Claus had not only granted their wishes, but had also brought a
beautiful wax doll for Mary, and a box of blocks for Paul. The children
were very happy. Mary showed the spinning-wheel to her doll, and told
her all about the letter to Santa Claus. Just then the pigeon flew into the
room with another letter; this one was from Santa Claus, and this is what
it said: "Santa Claus hears the wishes of good children, and loves to
grant them." Paul and Mary continued to be good children, and took care
of the letter that Santa Claus wrote them.