A 6-year-old’s acerbic letter to Santa is going viral after his mother posted the missive on Twitter.
NPR reporter Sarah McCammon on Sunday shared her son’s letter, which was a class assignment, with her more than 38,000 followers.
“My 6yo Santa skeptic was told to write a letter to Santa at school,” McCammon wrote. “So he did….”
My 6yo Santa skeptic was told to write a letter to Santa at school. So he did... pic.twitter.com/XUFGMnXDFT— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) December 3, 2017
By Monday morning, McCammon’s tweet had been liked about 13,000 times and retweeted close to 5,000 times.
The letter read:
“Santa Im only doing this for the class. I know your notty list is emty. And your good list is emty. and your life is emty. You dont know the trouble Ive had in my life. Good bye.
“Im not tell you my name.”
McCammon, who took note of her son’s artwork on the letter -- Christmas wreaths along one margin and skulls along the other -- was careful to double back and clarify one thing.
“PS, the ‘troubles’ in his life? His brother,” she wrote. “Don’t call child services.”
PS - the "troubles" in his life? His brother. Don't call child services. 😂— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) December 3, 2017
Her followers found the boy’s letter hilarious. Some parents took the opportunity to share their own children’s atypical letters to St. Nick.
Others speculated on his future career, with guesses ranging from his becoming a journalist, like his mother, to a country songwriter.
LOLOL. Love your little skeptic.— Cleo’s Hat (@CleopatrasHat) December 3, 2017
Similarly, in 2nd grade, my daughter's response to a personal essay assignment was, “I do not like to share personal details.” 🤣🤣 She is my “spicy child.”
That’s hysterical. I feel like these are Proto-Johnny Cash style lyrics— Kyle Judah (@KyleJudah) December 4, 2017
“You don’t know the trouble I’ve had in my life...” pic.twitter.com/uP8nrDvJOz— Charles Brand (@etdweasel) December 4, 2017
The wreaths and skulls combo has me dead— CHRISTIAN ERTEL® (@christianertel) December 4, 2017
Name withheld juuuuuuuuuust in case...— Darryn M. Briggs (@darryn_briggs) December 4, 2017
Ah, when you have one of those children destined to grow up to be either a genius or a serial killer. Those are the best children!— Sarah Cone (@impcapital) December 4, 2017
Still, other commenters just sat back and took a moment to appreciate the level of disquiet in a person so young.
“That much existential angst in a 6-year-old is amazing,” one follower wrote. “As a parent of older kids, I feel free to warn you, the teen years may be a challenge.”
Some who responded seemed to feel a kinship with the boy.
“This child is my spirit animal,” one woman wrote.