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Jadyn Ashcraft

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As children, many of us participated in the well known traditions of Christmas, one being a written letter to Santa Claus. Not only did this list have everything you could have possibly wanted at the time, but it provided communication between you and this incredible old man who manages to give everyone in the world presents in one single night.

A few years ago, four letters were found during the renovation of the Beverly Heritage Center in Beverly, West Virginia. According to historians from the museum where the letters reside, they “are believed to have accidentally fallen between the chimney wall and the fireplace mantelpiece where they remained for 106 years.”

Written in 1912 and 1913, these letters that have been displayed at a museum in West Virginia were finally delivered in the beginning of December by two local kids of Beverly. Many assume that their great-grandparents probably knew the original authors.

The author of one of the letters was soon identified as Page Woodward who was eight years old at the time. She simply asked for gifts to give to others in her family, mainly her brother. After listing out what she wanted for her family members, she then asked for a few gifts for herself, which truly represents the spirit of Christmas.

Below is a picture of Page’s letter:

Letters were found hidden behind a chimney in West Virginia (Courtesy: Beverly Heritage Center/Christopher Mielke)

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