Santa Claus is coming to town, but this kid isn’t thrilled about it.
Around this time of year, every kid who wants to make it on the “nice” list writes a letter to the North Pole’s most famous and jolliest resident. In these “Dear Santa” letters, you’re likely to find a descriptive list of wants and desires that a child wants to see under the tree on Christmas Day. From interactive Fingerlings and Hatchimals to Nintendo Switch and Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder, there’s no telling what unusual requests St. Nick has received in the mail this holiday season.
Well, one six-year-old boy isn’t concerned about making Santa’s "naughty" or "nice" list. He simply wants Father Christmas to know that he’s a little skeptical about his existence and his gift-bringing abilities, so he wrote a hilariously biting—albeit relatable—letter to Santa, telling him just that.
The young boy’s mother, Sarah McCammon, posted the letter on Twitter on Sunday, December 3. McCammon, who, based on her Twitter profile, is an NPR reporter and lifelong Midwesterner-turned-Southerner, wrote that her son was asked to write a letter to Santa at school.
The caption reads: "My 6 year-old Santa skeptic was told to write a letter to Santa at school. So he did..."
Since the original letter wasn’t legible, McCammon, in typical reporter fashion, transcribed the note for her Twitter followers. Let’s just say the tone and content isn’t what you’d expect to read during the most wonderful time of the year. Here’s what McCammon's son wrote:
"Dear Santa, I’m only doing this for the class. I know your notty [sic] list is emty [sic]. And your good list is emty [sic]. and your life is emty [sic]. You don’t know the trouble I’ve had in my life. Good bye."
Despite him signing off the letter with a friendly "love," he deprived Santa the honor of knowing his true identity, closing with "I’m not telling you my name." To add further insult to injury, McCammon’s son portrayed his conflicted feelings about the notion of Santa by framing the letter with an odd combination of wreaths and skulls that he drew.
Safe to assume this kid doesn’t care about waking up to find a stocking full of coal on Christmas, and we’re pretty sure Kris Kringle won’t make it down the chimney on Christmas Eve to find a warm plate of cookies and glass of cold milk waiting for him either.
In case you were wondering what troubles a six-year-old could possibly have, his mother quickly cleared up the confusion with this tweet:
There was no need to sound the alarm in Twitterverse, because most people thought the letter was quite funny. Others even shared similar stories of their kids not believing in the old Christmas legend.
Some even thought the letter fit right in with the lyrics of most country songs:
One Twitter user was particularly impressed by her son's art skills:
Finally, a sentiment we can all agree on this year:
It’s unclear if McCammon’s son was just having a rough day at school. Perhaps, though, he truly wanted to convey a message loud and clear that the idea of elves building toys and Santa driving a sleigh led by reindeers is asking a lot out of a six-year-old.
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Hey, at least he saved his mom the dreadful task of explaining that Santa Claus is only a myth, and that, along with his drawing skills, should be applauded.