Letter: Busy Santa

Sir: Peter Baker ("Keeping Father Christmas fit for duty", 16 December) understates the burden S Claus willingly carries as a patron saint. He mentions children and sailors, but overlooks unmarried women, merchants, pawnbrokers, perfumiers and the whole of Russia. Incidentally, might S Claus's longevity be the consequence of having refused his mother's breast on Wednesdays and Fridays.

JOHN EVANS

Marlow, Buckinghamshire

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