Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska on Dec. 19 shared on Instagram some quotes from letters written by Ukrainian children to Saint Nicholas this year, saying that her eyes were full of tears when reading them.
Zelenska said children had previously asked Saint Nicholas to bring them sweets, toys, and gadgets, but now they were asking for their fathers to come back from the Russia-Ukraine war, for warm clothes, weapons, and food for the military, as well as for the liberation of their hometowns and victory for Ukraine.
“Saint Nicholas, bring weapons, clothes, and food to the soldiers to keep them warm,” wrote eight-year-old Evelina.
“Saint Nicholas, my dad wanted to give me a new mobile phone, but he died,” a boy named Anton wrote in his letter.
“Dear Saint Nicholas, help the Ukrainian Armed Forces to advance to (the town of) Rubizhne,” wrote a child in Luhansk Oblast.
Zelenska posted several quotes from children’s letters, noting that volunteers and mothers are now sharing them on social networks.
“It’s impossible to read these letters without tears,” she said.
“Because no child should know what war is. Neither should they have to think about it when writing about their dreams. On this Saint Nicholas Day, I most want the peace that the children are asking for to return to our homes as soon as possible, along with children’s carefree wishes, the pleasant festive bustle of adults, and that ordinary life that should be the norm for children, not a miracle.”