It is, isn’t it?

It is, isn’t it?

According to a letter writing manual I have just been reading, providing an address is an essential component of what a letter is. This is clearly daft! Many many letters, cards, postcards, and also in the past telegrams, have been sent without the address of the writer, because the recipient would be familiar with what this is and not need to have it spelled out. This is the case with the letter that appears above. It is from a child to a person who knows the name and address of every child, and who can be counted on to provide one or more of the items provided in the wish-list that composes the totality of the letter bar its opening and sign off. One interesting aspect of this letter is its multiple ways of addressing the person it variously calls Kris Kringle, Santa, St Nicholas and Father Christmas. Hedging bets is always a good idea when trying to ensure a gift, perhaps; but perhaps also some coaching from an adult is revealed in this. Another interesting aspect is that a small sliver of paper has been cut out of the right-hand side of the letter: mysterious! Does this relate to something on the other side of the paper, or what? It is impossible to tell. The letter, by the way, was contained within the hits provided by a simple search on the word ‘letter’. And it is a letter, isn’t it?

Last updated:  19 January 2019


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