Dear Father Christmas,
I know there is a difference between you and Santa Claus, but I’m not sure what it is, so I am writing to you in the hope that you are the right person to address. You must be very busy just now with all the wish-lists you get, especially from grown-ups. I bet some of them make you smile! I’d love to see what Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merkel have on theirs. Probably the pope’s and Ian Paisley’s are a bit different, but I expect you have some kind of confidentiality agreement forbidding you to discuss them.
I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you what we’d like for Christmas.
We realise you can’t do any of the important things, like ridding the world of hunger, poverty and disease, but this is what we’d like to find in our Christmas stocking, please:
1. The wherewithal for a house (e.g. an affordable mortgage) so we can go on serving those who often get forgotten by bigger establishments and can welcome those who want to join our community (sorry to keep going on about it, but we have been working away at this for years and the need is greater than ever). Perhaps one of your elves could pop this button in among all the chocolate ones in everyone else’s stocking?
2. Some volunteer help with the remastering of recordings for the blind and visually impaired — you know we can’t do everything although we do the best we can.
And that’s it, really. We don’t want anything just for ourselves. Our present to all the others on your list will be to go on doing what we’ve always done: praying and working for their salvation. That’s what Christmas is about really, isn’t it?
Love and keep warm,
Digitalnun & Companions
P.S. Quietnun says she doesn’t want to be ungracious but videos of other religious communities give her indigestion, so no stocking-fillers of that kind, please; and Bro Duncan says he doesn’t mind what he gets so long as there’s enough to eat.