THE little nippers of Cork are absolutely astute when it comes to putting pen to paper and asking Santa Claus what they want for Christmas.
The majority of the 270+ letters The Corkman received in the last number of days were very keen on getting their point across and topping the list are all things technological - Xboxes, PSPS, as well as a number of computer games for not only the boys but equally the girls.
There were so many gizmos and gadgets listed that it must have made Santa Claus scratch his head and wonder what happened to to requests for a doll or bike?
But there were also gems, which reporters at this newspaper had a giggle or two when we were like elves ourselves typing up the letters and also of course sending a batch first class to Santa Claus in the North Pole.
As only Irish letters can go, the vast majority of children began by asking Santa Claus how his wife was and they hoped she wasn't sick from cooking and cleaning for him and the elves. And judging from the letters, there won't be a carrott or a cookie left in North Cork as every child plans on dosing not only Santa Claus but also the elves.
Only one child said he would leave out some alcohol and another said he would give Santa Claus a choice of either 'coke or milk.' We are safely assuming the little nipper means the soft drink and not the illegal variety.
But one very keyed-in child is planning on getting "photographic evidence," of Santa Claus visit to his house. The little boy wrote, 'I want a photograph with you. And I'll be on a chair in the dark waiting for you'.
Expect some screams coming from a house in Dromagh over the festive season.
Another wrote, 'I love you Santa and really want to praise you for the day'. The child then proceeded to list off a ream of goods that could put a strain on Rudolph and the rest of the reindeers.
Another began her letter by clearly stating: 'Get busy, Christmas is coming'. She could have a promising career in human resources.
Another wondered how Santa fitted down the chimney. And another began her letter by asking for a pet lizard.
Eight year old Tony reassured Santa that 'sure, I'll be happy out whatever you get me'.
Other children took a very formal approach and signed off their letters with an expectant 'Yours in anticipation'.
So, as The Corkman goes to press and all the letters are safely in Santa' and the elves' possession, we are all hoping that every child gets their wish on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and, who knows, a live lizard may well make its way down a chimney, too. Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like a bike and wii sing and surprise. Thank you for last years presents. Bye Santa
From Kate Dear Santa, My name is Claire Fitzgerald. I am 9 years old. I am in 3rd class. How are you and Mrs Clause and the elves. I bet they are very busy! I was a very good girl all year. I would please like an outfit for my bear, Brownie, Sylvvaniah set, CDS, and some books and surprise for me and my dog Snowy. I will leave out some cookies and coke and carrots for the reindeers next to the Christmas tree. Safe travelling Christmas Eve. I hope there won't be too much snow.
Love Claire Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl. Thanks for everything last year. This year I would like a MP4 player, a go cart and a surprise please. Santa I would like you to bring a lovely surprise for my new baby cousin, Barry Buckley who is only one week old. Thanks Santa
From Katie O'sullivan. Dear Santa, I hope you are well. If you are able to bring me a surprise and a lava lamp. That is all - thanks Santa. Goodbye - oh and tell Rudolph and the elves that I said Hi.
Tina Fitzgerald. Dear Santa, My name is Thomas Dwyer. Can I please have motorbikes games, a bike, a football and a surprise. I am the best boy for my mammy. Thank you Santa. Dear Santa, I would like a doll and a bath and doll's house and I would also like a DS and a scooter and a surprise. Love you Santa
Rebecca O'callaghan (aged 5) Dear Santa, My name is Stephanie O'connor. I am 5 years old. I go to school in Scoil Mhuire in Kiskeam. My teacher's name is Mrs Herlihy, she is very nice. I am in junior infants and I love school. I have been a very good girl all year I promise! For Christmas, I would really love a new bike, Pop goes Frogio, Pumpaloos and a make up set. Could you please bring me these on Christmas Eve pleeaassse !!
Lots of love, Stephanie Dear Santa and the Elves, Hope you are having a lovely Christmas. I would like a go-kart, an aeroplane and a Ben-10 book and something for my little brother Darragh.
Love, Paul O'callaghan, (age 5) Dear Santa, I was a good girl this year. I want a red Nintendo, Super Mario game and Hello Kitty walkie talkies, Hello Kitty sofa and a surprise. How is Mrs Claus and all the elves. Thank you.
Love Amy Dear Santa Claus, How are you this year? I hope Mrs Claus the elves and the reindeer are all well. My name is Sean Cronin. I hope you remember me from last year. Thanks for all the toys you gave me. I had a great Christmas. I have been helping out at home all year, emptying the dish washer, bringing in the clothes off the line and picking up toys belonged to my younger brother and sister. I was wondering if I could get Lego Battles Nintendo DS game, N-strike Long strike, my mom says this is dangerous but I will only play with it outside and I won't hit my brothers and sister. Also Lego city airport and a surprise please. Please bring some toys to my brothers Mícheál and TJ and my little sister Jessica. Don't ' forget to give the reindeer the carrots that I will leave out, and there will also be milk and cookies for you.
Thanks Santa - From Seán Dear Santa, This year for Christmas I would like a 34 cm lava lamp, a paper Jamz pro microphone and beauty star styling head and Just Dance 3 on the Wii and secret colours. And a surprise if you can. Ps I have been a good girl this year. From Roisin Murphy Thanks to you and Mrs Claus and the elves for last years presents and this years presents. Dear Santa, I hope you and Mrs Claus, the elves and the reindeers are all well and looking forward to Christmas. Firstly, I want to thank you for all the wonderful gifts you gave to me last year. This year I would like a plasmaball, an MP3 player, a riding crop, a piano, a basket ball and hoop, a Nintendo 2Ds, and a few games. I would also like some clothes, DVDS and a few sweets and a surprise. For my animals bring them a surprise too. My brother John is also writing his own letter too. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Love and best wishes, your friend Jane Hurley. Dear Santa, My name is John Fleming. I am 9 years old. I have been a good boy all year round. This year will you please bring me a Nintendo 3DS, soccer boots and Fifa 12. Thank you Santa.
From John Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl. Could I have a Nintendo DS and a dog game and a surprise. Thank you Santa.
My name is Danny Brosnan. I am 9 years old. I work hard at school and do my homework every night. I would like a BMX bike, Wii games, Lego and a surprise.
Danny Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs Claus the elves and the reindeers getting on? Thank you for all the great presents you gave me last Christmas. I am in fourth class night. I have been a good boy all year. This year I would like Fifa12 and Battle field 3 for the Xbox. I will leave something nice out for you under the Christmas tree.
Jack O'connor Dear Santa, My name is Thomas Casey and I am in 3rd class. I have been a good boy all year. This year I would like the new Premier League ball, an Xbox, Fifa 12 and a surprise please. I will leave out a glass of milk and cookies for you and carrots for the reindeers.
Thomas Casey Dear Santa, I hope you are well and your reindeers are preparing for Christmas Eve. I would like to get a Lego city space centre and Halo 4 for Xbox 360 and a surprise and I'll let some biscuits and milk for you and carrots for the reindeers. I wish you and Mrs Claus a very happy Christmas and thanks for last year presents.
Love from David O'connor Dear Santa How are you and Mrs Claus? This year I have been really good and I would like a Nerf Gun, Lego spaceship, animal crossing and a surprise please. Please bring toys for my brothers and sister.
Thanks Mícheál. Dear Santa Claus, I would like 'Just Dance 3' on the WII, Geomag 66 piece Pink set, a horrid Henry 2012 animal and a surprise please. So, how are you and Mrs Claus? I am great. Can you say to the elves I said thank you for the presents and thank you for the presents too. I have been very good this year and so have my sisters. We will leave out carrots for Vixen, Prancer, Cupid, Dasher, Comet, Donner, Rudolph, Dancer and Blitzen - they will all get a cookie and a glass of milk. I hope you like it. Thank you for last years presents. I really hope it will snow this year. Safe journey home. Merry Christmas.
From Danielle Dear Santa, How is Mrs Claus and all the elves? Thank you for all the presents you gave me last year. This year I would like a Vodafone Smart, a black Munster jersey, Dance 3 on the Wii and a surprise. Please and thank you.
From Niamh Quinn. Dear Santa, My name is Cathal Lehane. I am in second class and I am going to get my Holy Communion. Thank you for the presents last year. This year I would like a 3ds and Star Wars iii and Sonic Generations games.
I would also like Lego hero factory nex and rocka.
Hope you have a marvellous Christmas.
From Cathal Dear Santa, Thanks you for all the presents you gave me last year. Now let's get down to business. This year I would like a make-up set and twistibles markers and a Greys Anatomy Game for Wii and a surprise. From Ciara Doody