Dear Santa: Can I have a dog or pony, PLEASE?

What can we learn from letters to Santa?

The missives were scrawled or painstakingly handwritten on every type of paper and in every shade of ink. Many were decorated with drawings, stickers or glitter; some children gave Santa not only their addresses but their phone numbers, parents' cell phone numbers and their school pictures — just to make sure the Big Guy knew how to find them on Christmas.

And living with a menagerie of animals on a working Kentucky farm, the mysterious appeal that horses and ponies have for little boys and girls is something I completely get.