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Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker didn’t think too much of it when, every year, a few letters were delivered to their New York apartment addressed to Santa.
But then one year, 400 letters arrived. And they decided they had to answer them.
Back in 2010, when the flurry of letters was arriving, Jim and Dylan’s friend Sarah made this documentary about them.
It was featured in the NYT and SO MANY OTHER PLACES!
Gather round the fire and read ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’.
Check out previous years’ festive Allusionist episodes: Winterval (sing it with me: “Political correctness gone mad!”); Xmas Man, about Santa’s many different names and meaty Christmas cards; and How The Dickens Stole Christmas, fact-checking the Dickens-ness of the annual Dickens Fair in San Francisco (which I went to last week, at last!) and the Dickens-ness of Christmas altogether.
I put together a gift guide for word-fond people at theallusionist.org/allusionment/2018giftguide.
The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/dear-santa.
Seasonal Allusionist merch awaits at theallusionist.org/merch! Get your multidenominational festivewear with the new Winterval T-shirt, based on the Winterval episode and featuring nods to Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Yule and Saturnalia in a fab design by Kristyna Baczynski. And there are typing T-shirts, baby onesies and totes, featuring exclusive artwork by Eleni Kalorkoti, that you can wear all year round.
Today’s episode is sponsored by Care/Of, a monthly subscription service that delivers personalised vitamin packs to your door. It’s like an advent calendar full of health supplements! For 25% off your first month of personalised Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter the discount code ALLUSIONIST.
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Jim Glaub is the chair of Miracle on 22nd Street, a non-profit that works to fulfil requests from families in need. Visit miracleon22ndstreet.com to find out more, donate, become involved, or file a request for your family.