Dear Santa, Send Me a Mom (Not Clothes) Kids' letters to St. Nick go way beyond toys, and often skip 'please' By Jane Yager, Newser Staff Posted Dec 12, 2009 5:06 AM CST 10 comments Comments Kids ask Santa for a microscope, a new mom, or transformation into an elf--but only say please when asking for pets. (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – Some are funny, some are sad; some ask for a microscope, some to be transformed into an elf; but the one thing kids writing letters to Santa agree on is: no clothes. So says a professor who analyzed more than 1,200 letters sent to Santa, from one child's heart-wrenching request for a mom to the boy asking for a golden retriever who wrote "please" 16 times, the AP reports. The letter-writers' manners could be better, says Carole Slotterback, who's written a book about the Santa letters she read: Kids tend to say "please" only when asking for a pet or something they think they won't get. And while they aren't so worried about politeness, kids are very concerned about making sure Santa finds them: many included not only their addresses but their phone numbers, parents' cell phone numbers, and their school pictures.