Miracle on 22nd

Gay couple receives hundreds of letters to Santa by mistake, answers them all with love

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Here’s a story sure to put coal in the stocking of every holier-than-thou homophobe. It turns out Santa Claus is a gay couple from New York City, now living in London.

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Jim Glaub has been receiving letters addressed to Santa Claus at an apartment he used to rent on 22nd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, three years before Dylan Parker, now his husband, moved in. Glaub told reporters there would be a handful each year, and that prior tenants had received them, too, even before he lived there.

“They never answered them because it was only three or four letters a year,” Glaub, 36, told People magazine. “And the first two years I lived there, it was that exact thing. I’d get three letters and I didn’t really think anything of it. I was like, ‘Oh, sorry — wrong number.’”

That all changed in 2010, when the stack of letters grew to nearly 450 letters in the days leading up to Christmas.

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All of them were from their fellow New Yorkers, many from needy families asking for clothes for their children and siblings.

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A filmmaker who documented this mystery was able to learn a New York City school teacher had given their address to their students but was never able to identify the teacher, and there are other theories as well, as reported by The New York Times several years ago.

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Glaub’s main concern, he told The Times, was what might happen if they returned the letters to the post office.

“If we bring them back to the post office, are all the kids getting a letter back with ‘Return to Sender’? I don’t want that to happen.”

Even before the couple got married four years ago, they decided to team up on a project to answer all the letters, and fulfill the Christmas wishes flooding their mailbox.

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With help from friends and social media, the wishes of 150 letter writers were granted in 2010. And the letters keep coming.

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They’ve kept answering them, even though Glaub and Parker moved to London. They asked the current tenant to turn the letters over to one of their friends who scans each one, so they and their network of friends in the “Miracle on 22nd Street” Facebook group can respond.

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Click here if you’re interested in learning more or joining the group to help make some Christmas dreams come true.

 

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7 Comments

  • Heywood Jablowme

    A 9 year old and a 15 year old (!!!) STILL writing letters to Santa Claus?

    That’s not cute. Those kids are just dumb.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    @JerseyMike: I’m more of a Festivus guy – I especially like the “airing of grievances” part – but:

    Notice how the letter from the 6 year old does NOT have her name blotted out. But the 9 year old and the 15 year old have their names blotted out. Must be legal issues! – lol

  • Heywood Jablowme

    @JerseyMike: Also, there is the very real possibility that these two Qs, with more money than brains, are being “played.” Why in 2010 the very sudden explosion of letters from 3 or 4 a year to 450? Why was the filmmaker able to trace the mystery to an unidentified schoolteacher, but somehow can’t manage to ID the schoolteacher? Why isn’t a 15 year old kid asking Santa for condoms? It all seems pretty suspicious.

    And of course, any NYC kid would know that Santa really lives at Broadway and 34th Street (Macy’s).

  • Tête Carrée

    @Heywood Jablowme:
    So anyone who isn’t a selfish azzhole is a “queen”? Who needs straights when there is enough anti-gay hatred in the gay community to go around? I’ll bet you’re one of those “Qs” that would line up to lick straight butthole when they’re done sh*tting in your face.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    @Tête Carrée: The Q is for Queer, not queen! (As in LGBTQ the usual QUEER-ty trope.)

    There’s nothing wrong with Queer, I like it. Lighten up!

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