A Letter To Santa

Though it’s been a few decades, dear Santa, I thought I would write you a letter tonight just as I did as a child. You might remember me as the blue-eyed kid with an insatiable curiosity who asked for a purple teddy bear one Christmas. That’s likely not enough to narrow it down, but even if you don’t remember me, I remember you. Each night on Christmas Eve I would leave you some cookies and milk, though my dad always insisted that you’d prefer a Coors Light. I’m not sure why he thought that, but I stuck with milk as I knew you had to drive all night. Well, fly really, which how cool is that? That sounds like a blast, but I’m sure you get tired of it, just as one grows weary of a morning commute. I hope you know that you brought me a lot of happiness and I know you still do the same for kids all over the world. Thanks for that. The world has changed a lot since I was little, Santa, and it can use extra happiness now more than ever.

There are so many things I wished I’d asked you back then when I was so busy worrying about what gifts I might get. It all seems a bit one-sided and selfish now and I never got to know you at all, but I guess you’re used to that. I won’t bore you with the obvious questions you no doubt have been asked a million times, like do reindeer manage to make it through the entire flight without pooping? You’re not obliged to answer that, though really, it’s a concerning thought if they don’t. Nor will I ask why you left the rest of society to live with a bunch of elves, as that’s really none of my business. I’m sure you had your reasons. And, of course, I won’t insult you with the question of how you manage to fit down a chimney with your impressive girth. At least that’s how you’ve been illustrated. Probably just wickedly assumed because of all the cookies you must eat in a single night. You could actually be as thin as a rail and have the metabolism of a hummingbird. If that’s true, then I envy that bit about you now even more than the flying reindeer.

No, the question I wanted to ask is a far simpler one, dear Santa. What you do you want for Christmas? I would have left you more than cookies had I ever known. I mean, what do you get for the guy who makes everything? If I had to guess, you’d want something rather simple, yet something even your elves couldn’t make. So, I’ve made you this little illustration I call a doodlewash. It’s nothing much at all, but it comes from the heart. As you sail across the sky each year, you probably see a million things that none of us would have ever known existed. You’ve seen the homes of the richest and poorest children of the world. And you managed to do what many of us struggle to do and that’s to treat everyone equally. At least, that’s how you make them feel. The simplest gift, after all, is hope. A feeling that can’t be wrapped, but glows in each of us as we open every little present we receive. I now have friends across the globe, so if you could manage it, please send them all my love as you sail past. No matter what holiday we celebrate, love is something we can all believe in.

Sincerely yours,

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Yellow Ochre, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, Cobalt Blue and Payne’s Gray.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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68 Comments
  1. Rod Fletcher 9 months ago

    Nice one Charlie. Nice one Santa.

  2. Susan Bond 9 months ago

    Such a lovely cherished memory……Merry Christmas!

  3. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    One of the best Doodlewash posts ever! I hope both you and Santa get what they want for Christmas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sandra!! We DID!! hehe! Hope you did as well my friend! 😃💕

  4. Mary Roff 9 months ago

    Oh, Charlie…..beautiful. Sending you and Phillipe Christmas hugs. Merry Christmas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Much love to you, my friend! Merry Christmas!

  5. Jacob 9 months ago

    Perfect. Happy Christmas to you both! <3 I expect the excitement is ramping up right about now!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 I was beyond crazy with excitement! LOL We had to go upstairs and play a game for a bit to distract me! 😊 Such a fun night!!! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

      • Jacob 9 months ago

        Aww, bless you! That’s awesome. I wish I still got that excited. Alas, it’s been a while since anyone took me upstairs to play games, ho ho 😉 Hope it has lived up to the hype!

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          Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

          still giggling over that comment… hehe… 😉💕

          • Jacob 9 months ago

            Ha! Sorry, couldn’t resist 😉

  6. Mary McDonough 9 months ago

    Merry Christmas, Charlie. Loved you letter to Santa. I think the best gift is one of love and you expressed that so nicely in your letter. Enjoy this wonderful holiday.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you’re having a fantastic Christmas!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    Today’s post touched my heart! Surely Santa will grant your wishes. You are a Santa of a sort, one who has brought community and joy to artists worldwide. Merry Christmas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww, you’re so sweet. Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Pamela Smith 9 months ago

    Merry Christmas Charlie and Philippe,,such a wonderful story Charlie I have tears because it is true above everything we all need hope..thank you for your wonderful stories and for creating this place..💖

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      I’m so happy to know you enjoy Doodlewash and thanks for being a wonderful part of the community, Pamela! 😃💕 Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. A very thoughtful Christmas letter, Charlie! Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Deissy! 😃💕 A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  10. Vicki Rowley 9 months ago

    Best post ever Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks, Vicki! 😃💕 Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas!

  11. Jennifer McLean 9 months ago

    thanks for the gift Charlie. I got the message from Santa and it fits perfectly. ;o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Ahhh, I”m so thrilled to know that! Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕 Merry Christmas!!

  12. Ellie 9 months ago

    Truly your best post ever, Charlie. Peace and love to you and Phillipe tonight as you exchange your gifts and through the year ahead.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed this one!! Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year!!

  13. Sheila 9 months ago

    Oooh…it’s beautiful Charlie, and it put a huge smile on my face! Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for the gifts you send to us every single day! Hugs to you and to yours, may all of your Christmas wishes come true. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      I’m so happy I made you smile, Sheila!! 😃💕 Hugs to you and hope you and yours have a very wonderful Christmas!

  14. June 9 months ago

    This post is so thoughtful. It brought tears to my eyes. The world is definitely changing but, thankfully, because of you, I have friends around the globe too. You have given me the greatest gift of all when I needed the most. I love the painting and I know Santa does too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww, I’m so thrilled to have met you June and say that I’m also one of those friends around the globe. 😃💕 Thanks for bringing beauty into the world with your wonderful watercolors! I very Merry Christmas to you!

  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    This is the best Doodlewash ever, Charlie. Merry Christmas to you and Philippe and all the children of the world.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

        This morning my grandchildren checked for fingerprints left on the milk glass that “Santa” drank from, trying to find out if he’s really their dad. They really know – but they’re just making sure.

  16. YesterdayAfter 9 months ago

    Merry Christmas Charlie! I so loved to read your special letter to Santa, wonderful and heartfelt memories! <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carolina! 😃💕 I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas!!

  17. smzang 9 months ago

    Charlie,

    That’s the most beautiful letter to Santa I’ve ever read.

    I have not been on the computer, and even now am on ‘light duty’ but I
    could not let another minute pass without saying Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Next week I will get caught up on all the wonderful doodlewashes.
    This site a grand gift to all who open its doors. Thank you!

    Sarah

    I love that painting. It feels like home.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 I really can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful comments on my writing. I really appreciate it! I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. ann christina 9 months ago

    What a lovely post! Sending love all the way back with Santa! ❤️🎄🎅🏻🌟

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Ann!! 😃💕 So happy you received the message! And thrilled that we met… a very Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend!

  19. Lovely letter and such a beautiful painting for Santa. I’m sure he liked this one, as it was – personalised 🙂 Best wishes!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Violeta! 😃💕 Yeah, I realized the Northpole bit was probably unnecessary as I’m sure he already knows where he lives. hehe… Best wishes to you my friend!

  20. Nancy 9 months ago

    This is wonderful, Charlie. Thanks for the smiles and the sentiments. Merry Christmas to you and your.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Nancy! 😃💕 Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  21. Laura Hale 9 months ago

    Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 The same to you and yours! Merry Christmas!

  22. eylorraine 9 months ago

    Santa :/ Charlie’s made me cry :c
    Too awesome a post. Merry Christmad Charlie! And to everybody. :3

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Awww… sending hugs! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this post. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  23. Susan Cuss 9 months ago

    From the heart to the hearts of many. Beautiful post, Charlie! Christmas Blessings.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

  24. jmnowak 9 months ago

    Sweet dreams, Charlie! You deserve all that you wish for. Hugs for you and Philippe and Phineas. Cheeri-pip! 💝🎅🤶

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks, Janina! 😃💕 You as well! I hope you got all you wished for this season my friend!!

  25. Lisa 9 months ago

    Well done! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  26. Skyscapes for the Soul 9 months ago

    I loved the bit about your Dad thinking Santa would prefer a Coors. Hmm, wonder what your Dad drinks?? It does kinda remind me of the year I was 7 – I’d figured out Santa but didn’t let on to my parents, insisting on leaving not only a mince pie and sherry on the dining room table (my grandmother was in my room and I was sleeping in the dining room), but also a bowl of water, soap and towel to wash his sooty hands before eating. In the morning the soap was not in the soap dish but right on the polished wood surface !!LEAVING A MARK!! – no, Mom, not me. Santa. Seriously. Never touched the soap. Santa. My Mom’s mood tainted Christmas that year and I guess I’ll never know whether it was her or my Dad that messed up when leaving my gifts.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      haha! What a fabulous story! I love that! 😃💕 Santa was totally naughty I think that year! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas my friend!

  27. Kaye Boggs 9 months ago

    excellent letter to Santa. May all your wishes come true.. (I need your address to send you something; Can you share w/ me?

  28. Mélissa Vallée 9 months ago

    A really beautiful letter and doodlewash 🙂 And Merry Christmas Charlie, Philippe and Phineas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mélissa!😃💕 A very Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend!! Thanks for all your help in World Watercolor Group this year!

  29. Mélissa Vallée 9 months ago

    Happy to help! :3

  30. Delores Azary 9 months ago

    What a beautiful letter to Santa! I really enjoyed that! Was Phineas delighted to once again have something from Santa Paws?

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Delores! 😃💕 Phineas was thrilled with the extra treats!

  31. Sandra Gilbert 9 months ago

    Wow that is the most touch letter to Santa ever. Although now I am a little concerned about the reindeer pooping problem myself. 😆

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, sorry to put that thought into your head… but yeah, it IS concerning though, right?

  32. Ellen 9 months ago

    Of all the fantabulous daily posts this month, this one rises to the favorite Doodlewash and thoughts! You are an endearing combination of childlike wonder and adult practicality. Within this post of wit and wisdom lies a valuable lesson for all. Thank-you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Ellen! 😃💕 I really appreciate it!!

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