‘You Don’t Know the Trouble I’ve Had in My Life’: This 6-Year-Old Boy Is Fed the Hell Up With Santa

Sarah McCammon via Twitter screenshot

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness this young, skeptical-ass boy read Santa Claus to hell and back.

On Sunday, NPR reporter Sarah McCammon posted on Twitter a letter her 6-year-old son wrote for a class assignment. A true “Santa skeptic,” as McCammon described him, the boy spared Kris Kringle not a single damn quarter in his blistering takedown.

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Santa Im only doing this for the class. I know your notty list is emty. And your good list is emty. and your life is emty. You don’t know the trouble I’ve had had in my life. Good bye.

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Im not telling you my name

I. AM. SCREAMING. Did you hear a door slamming, inexplicably, at the end of this letter, or was that just me?

I honestly can’t name a favorite part of this, but I am a huge fan of the wreaths on one side of the paper, and the fucking skulls on the other. Serve them Christmas cheer on one hand, and “so over it I could actually die” with the other.

And those “troubles” this young boy is referring to? McCammon said on Twitter that he’s referring to his brother.

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This may be the cutest, most life-giving, most bereft of fucks 6-year-old to ever exist. I want to bottle his essence and spray it on me every morning before I go to work.

Random co-worker person in the kitchen: Hey Anne, how was your weekend?

Me, channeling a 6-year-old skeptic, sipping a Capri Sun: I know your naughty list is empty, Sarah.

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Random co-worker: What? My name is Bec-

Me, drawing skulls on an office napkin: Goodbye.

McCammon posted today, in response to her original tweet, that the “last few days have been insane.”

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“Only one other thing I want to say about my little skeptic: he is a wonderful, bright, sweet, happy, compassionate boy who loves his brother and his dog and LOVES holidays,” McCammon wrote. “He just likes adults to level with him.”

Young man, you and me both.

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Anne Branigin

Staff writer, The Root. Sometimes I blog slow, sometimes I blog quick. Do you have this in coconut?