Boy, 6, tells Santa in letter: 'You don't know the troubles I've had'

Dec 4 (Reuters) - A 6-year-old Virginia boy has shaken up social media with an all-too-skeptical letter to Santa Claus in which he says he knows that jolly Saint Nick's life is empty and that Santa had no idea whether he had been naughty or nice.

The boy's mother, Sarah McCammon, posted the "Dear Santa" letter on Twitter on Sunday and by Monday it was featured on Moments, which Twitter considers its most popular or relevant topics.

"Im only doing this for the class," the letter says. "I know your notty list is emty. And your good list is emty. And your life is emty. You dont know the troubles Ive had in my life. Good bye."

The boy signs off with "love" but refuses to identify himself, writing, "Im not telling you my name."

McCammon, a reporter on National Public Radio's national desk, said she has always told her children that Santa is a "fun story" and that Christmas presents come from real people.

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My 6yo Santa skeptic was told to write a letter to Santa at school. So he did... https://t.co/XUFGMnXDFT
PS - the "troubles" in his life? His brother. Don't call child services. 😂
@sarahmccammon @samsanders I think the six-year-old is destined for a career in journalism. Awesome.
@VHansenSCRadio @sarahmccammon Strong views expressed with love. 👌
@sarahmccammon @Bencjacobs LOLOL. Love your little skeptic. Similarly, in 2nd grade, my daughter's response to a… https://t.co/qzNL7NHVXK
@sarahmccammon That’s hysterical. I feel like these are Proto-Johnny Cash style lyrics
@KANtext @sarahmccammon @samsanders "Wreaths and skulls" do show a good sense of equivalent balance.
@sarahmccammon My son was 3 when he told other children in his nursery class that Santa was invented by Coca Cola.… https://t.co/9aD27b9Rx0
@sarahmccammon @samsanders “Your life is empty. You don’t know the troubles I’ve had.” Future country song writer. 😂
@sarahmccammon @larchuk That got dark.
@sarahmccammon This has seriously been one of my favorite things I’ve read in awhile. I love it so much.
@sarahmccammon I have a 6yo too. They are harsh. Poor Santa.
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"We've encouraged them to keep the truth about Santa to themselves at school," she said via email.

But then her younger son was asked to write a letter to Santa at school. "So he did," she wrote on a Twitter post accompanying a photo of the hand-written letter.

Some people responding on Twitter were impressed with the boy's wisdom, while others expressed genuine concern. McCammon was obviously proud of her first-grader, calling the letter "amazing."

"Our son is creative and a bit precocious, so knowing his sense of humor, we thought it was hilarious," McCammon said.

Even so, she and her husband were curious about the "troubles" their boy mentioned. "He said he was referring to his older brother - specifically, we gather, the fact that his brother often beats him at video games," McCammon said. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Diane Craft and Leslie Adler)

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