Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is prepping its letter to Santa, and sending fans down a spiral of emotions.
In a tweet posted Monday, the popular Netflix horror series, which rose to critical acclaim following its October premiere, proved just how dedicated young Nell was to the spirit of Christmas, sharing a letter that she wrote as a child.
As fans of the series will remember, Hugh Crain spoke of his daughter’s love of Christmas in episode six, “Two Storms,” telling his remaining children that she “used to write letter to Santa. Took it very seriously. Formal letters.” He added that she never asked for anything for herself, but rather only requested that Santa bring things for her siblings.
Nellie used to write letters to Santa. Took it very seriously. Formal letters. pic.twitter.com/ooi4H26HNu— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) December 3, 2018
“Dear, Mr. Claus,” Nellie’s letter begins before Nellie, then just a child, goes on to introduce herself and inform Santa that her family is living in Boston, though they “aren’t going to be here for a very long time. I hope you still find us wherever we are.”
“My brother Steve wants a typewriter,” the letter continues, proving that Steve was a writer at heart even when he was young. “And he’s such a good brother, so please bring him one.”
For her sister Shirley, Nellie requested that Mr. Claus bring “ a new camera” as it’s “very important. She’s capturing our memories.” For Theo, she continued, “a book called The Lottery,” though she noted that gifting Theo the short story by Shirley Jackson, which Theo was spotted reading in an episode of Hill House, would mean she’d “probably read it instead of having a tea party with me.”
“Please get my twin Luke Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bed sheets,” the letter continues. “He had a sleepover with a friend who has them, so now Luke wants them too.”
“Mommy says that my letter will get to you safe as we’re putting it in a puffalope,” she writes, referencing a padded, puffy envelope. “I hope you are having a good year, and the North Pole isn’t too cold right now.”
The letter, which features various doodles of Christmas trees and snowflakes, is signed “Loved, Nell Crain.”
Eagle-eyed viewers will also notice that one of the doodles is a gingerbread man with a bent neck, just like the entity that Nell frequently saw throughout her life beginning with her time in Hill House. As it would later be revealed, the Bent-Neck Lady was actually Nell, who as an adult, would return to Hill House and hang herself from the spiral staircase, resulting in her falling through time as the Bent-Neck Lady.
Season 1 of The Haunting of Hill House is currently available for streaming on Netflix. Currently, there is no word on whether or not it will be renewed for a second season, which director Mike Flanagan said would likely see the series transform into an anthology.