Every year, millions of hopeful kids write letters to Santa Claus. Sometimes these letters get lost in the mail, and ordinary folks (like you and me!) decide to write back. For example:

From Lucille Pendergast, 58, English Professor:

From Howard Durnam, 52, Postal Worker:

From Xiang Pao, 68, Buddhist:

From the NBC Page Program:

From the White House:

From Mikey Bibbins, 6, First-Grader:

From Quentin Furg, 35, Sex Offender: