'Santa, if you have nuts, candy, or toys to spare, kindly send me some?' A child's humble Christmas wish list from 1915
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 14:48 EST, 9 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:48 EST, 9 December 2013
Filled with modern gadgets and the latest toys, Christmas wish lists today are bursting with material items.
But a humble 98-year-old letter sent to Santa Claus proves that such extravagant expectations have not always been the norm.
In 1915, seven-year-old Homer Mellen from London, Ontario simply wanted a 'box of paints, a nine cent reader, and a school bag to put them in.'
A humble letter sent to Santa Claus in 1915 by seven-year-old Homer Mellen proves that extravagant Christmas wish lists have not always been the norm
Larry Mellen, 79, kept his father's modest wish list in order to 'put away for memories for grandchildren,' he told Good Morning America this morning.
'It says so much about the lack of appreciation for those things that truly are a special gift,' Mr Mellon explained, comparing his father's unassuming list to those of children today.
'We just take it for granted that you're going to have that stuff at Christmas time, or any other time for that matter.'
His father's letter to Santa Claus modestly continues: 'And if you have any nuts, or candy, or toys to spare, would you kindly send me some. You will please a seven year old boy.'
Homer's granddaughter, Laurie Bloomfield, 49, of Nova Scotia, is keeping the letter to share with her own grandchildren.
'I'm a teacher, so as teacher I get to hear a lot of kids' wishes,' she said. 'What I find with this generation is they want to talk a lot, they want to put out a lot of information. They have lots to say and want to tell it all.'
After one little girl's lavish list, which included '1,000 bucks', a puppy, a Razor scooter that 'lights up', 'All of the Beanie Babies' and 'A little thing that can turn into anything at anytime,' went viral last week, Ms Bloomfield said she wanted to share her grandfather's own wish list.
'We just take for granted that whatever we want out there we can have, and that isn't the case,' said Mr Mellen.
'When my father was young, to put your stocking up with care and knowing that you were going to get maybe an orange, that was the magic of Christmas.'
MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS
MOST READ NEWS
- Man who contracted the BUBONIC PLAGUE from his cat speaks about the ordeal that left him at death's door
- Crash victims survive after car is crushed flat by lorry's shipping container load
- Kazakh volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova so attractive nobody watches the sport anymore
- Out of control truck sends pedestrians flying on Russian crossing
- Massive mayfly swarm that emerged along Mississippi was so huge it lit up weather radar, caused traffic collisions and blacked out the sun
- The moment a Ukrainian military transport carrying 49 troops was shot down by pro-Russian militants killing everyone on board
- Scientists discover the new black: British researchers devise material so dark it looks like a black hole
- Tearful Leno says goodbye after 22 years as Obama and host of stars pay tribute on his final show
- Meet the seven women of Bravo's 'Ladies of London' whose drinking, cat fighting, royal name dropping and even labor scenes are coming to TV
- Shocking video footage shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice drag his girlfriend out of an Atlantic City casino elevator by her legs
- Two-legged stray dog gives birth to four puppies in China (and their legs are all in order!)
- Putin's daughter Maria has 'fled Holland' after Dutch fury at Russia's response to MH17 disaster
- American Quinn Lucas Schansman killed aboard MH17
- Expert describes effect of missile hit on MH17
- Miss Colorado Teen Runner-Up Kristy Althaus 'stripped of title' after it emerges she starred in porn film
- Yes, yes, YES! Woman experience TWO types of orgasm, sonographs reveal
- Teacher 'had sex with student in house near middle school for over a year'
- So poignant, lost children of Flight MH17: Smiling happily in family snapshots, some of the innocent victims of the tragedy
- MH17 investigators find more bodies and parts of passenger jet
- Russian woman strips off and pole dances in bid to stop car being towed
- 'He was ambushed inside his garage': Harvard-educated professor shot dead at home with keys still in unlocked car says new police report in baffling murder
- British lawyer killed on MH17 along with his wife and three sons: Final UK victims named as John Allen and Andrew Hoare
- WATCH: Police officer seen shoving man multiple times at Coors Field
- Homeowner makes astonishing TV boast about shooting 'pregnant' home invader dead as she pleaded for mercy - as police say her ACCOMPLICE could be charged with her murder
- 'My son saved his attacker's life': Father who pounded admitted child molester into a 'bloody puddle' claims son stopped him from stabbing admitted pedophile to death
- American party girl ditches the cocktails for COW PAT CAKES to fly across the world and become a traditional housewife in rural India after meeting her husband on Facebook
- Twins, 19, arrested on prostitution charges after allegedly posting risque ad offering to 'make your dreams come true'
- Parents who lost three children on MH17 flight tell of agony
- Surgeons remove 232 'TEETH' from Indian teenager's mouth
- Brody Jenner walks in on Kim Kardashian during risqué photo shoot
- President Hollande faces legal action for using taxpayer cash to fund his ex-partner's lavish lifestyle after complaint from supermarket heir
- Hulk Hogan: Woman steals, returns wrestler's signed boot
- Adele's son wins damages in paparazzi lawsuit
- Hunky cop is inundated with marriage proposals after adorable photo of him cuddling stray kitty he'd just rescued and adopted goes viral
- PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Boston bomber's widow cozies up to his mother on foreign jaunt just weeks before atrocity as video emerges of jihad flag on wall of her home
- Snapchat releases location-aware 'stickers' for popular locations
- Tech designer George Schnakenberg dies weeks before birth of first daughter
- Transgender woman, Chloie Jonsson, sues CrossFit over women's competition
- Dino Guglielmelli jailed for offering 'hitman' $80k to murder wife
- Cincinatti Bengals cheerleaders banned from wearing underwear on their lower half but require full support up top
- Pshonka's palace a treasure trove of total opulence: Journalists and protestors enter his estate to find extravaganza of luxury
- Snapchat reveals geofilters that can only be unlocked in the right place
- Shocking pictures reveal how Lake Mead is shrinking to dangerously low levels that are threatening the Las Vegas water supply
- Family of Reynolds High School shooter Jared Michael Padgett apologize in statement
- Arkansas man who 'stabbed his pregnant girlfriend to death while her daughter, 2, slept' says he can't remember killing her
- Influx of migrants across Mediterranean has reached 'Biblical proportions', Italy's navy chief warns, as criminal gangs wreak havoc on the high seas
- Kurt Coleman is the vainest young man on the internet...and proud to admit it
- MH17 eyewitness accounts emerge of the horror that unfolded at crash site
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|
- Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida
- Spoiled teen takes parents to court
- Cornell Robinson, Devery Kelley accused of robbing pregnant woman in labor in Maryland
- Father needed hospital treatment for three inch gash in his head after being attacked by his neighbour's cat because it hated his Hugo Boss AFTERSHAVE
- Mormon missionary from Utah run over and killed in Sweden
- Business student 'posed on online dating sites as a high-flying engineer and architect to dupe love-struck women from around the world out of £186,000'
- Children undergo traditional 'lucky haircuts' in China (but don't seem happy about it!)
- And the Oscar goes to Samsung, Twitter AND Apple: How Ellen's backstage iPhone antics took the gloss off the now famous A-list selfie retweet taken on rival Galaxy smartphone
- Pictured: The men who stole the car of woman in labor at gunpoint
- Unseasonably warm weather set to make 1,000-mile Iditarod race even MORE grueling as mushers set off