Finished Reading: What I Learned From Reading Over A Thousand Letters To Santa | Defector

I wanted to know what kids were asking Santa for during a pandemic, so each day from Dec. 4, the day the first batch of letters hit the website, to Dec. 13, I spent hours engaged in the surreal, intimate, heart-wrenching practice of reading children’s letters to Santa Claus one after another—about a thousand in all. This year, Operation Santa is an explicit look at the disastrous impact of COVID-19 on America’s poor and the utter failure of the government’s response.

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