A Muslim student who wrote a letter to Santa Claus has become the topic of discussion after the note went viral on Reddit.
The fourth-grader had never written a letter to jolly old St. Nick before, but the Muslim student was told to do so for a school assignment.
An image of the letter was posted to Reddit and it had the Internet collectively cooing.
Christmas is arguably the most commercialized holiday in the United States. Families collectively spend billions on Christmas presents for the friends and family all in the name of Jesus, but Christmas isn’t a holy day for Muslims.
So when the boy was asked to write a letter to Santa it was the first time he had addressed the big jolly man in the red suit.
He wasn’t upset nor jealous that he never received any presents on Christmas morning and instead of asking for presents the way most Christian children do, the young Muslim was thankful that Santa was “spreading happiness around the earth.”
But the fourth-grader pondered the same thing that most children do, how does Santa deliver presents to children around the world all in one night?
Take a look at the Muslim student’s letter to Santa.
I know that I never wrote you a letter because I don’t celebrate Christmas but I am writing you this one to thank you for giving everyone presents.
I want to ask you one thing. Is it true you go all around the world in one night? If you do can you tell me how you did it? Santa thank you for spreading happiness around the earth! And say hi to Mrs. Claus for me.”
The letter has caused some controversy considering a Muslim child was required to write a letter associated with a Christian holiday.
The daughter of the teacher and Redditor who posted the note responded:
“To my mother’s defense I don’t think the assignment was meant to be a religious one, and the student was given other options. However, she chose to write a letter to Santa and did so adorably, so I wanted to share it with you guys.”