I love the headline for this article from Buzzfeed:

“26 Incredibly Meaningful Gifts You Can Give Your Kids
Because they don't need another Frozen toy.”

This is the philosophy that supports my continued writing, illustrating, painting, and hand lettering envelopes from Santa at the North Pole for (yikes) over 30 years.

I’m not saying I haven’t bought plenty (ok, too many) toys and clothes and stuff for my children over the years, and I have a growing appreciation for the minimalist approach, and for my mom who continues to clear things out of our childhood home so we won’t have to mess with it later.

But, if there was a fire and I could save one non-living thing...it would be my children’s Letters from Santa.

Archived in these letters are the funny, the somber, the wry, and the sentimental. The private jokes and shared family experiences. Moments captured that I would increasingly never remember if I hadn’tcommitted them to paper

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