Benedict Cumberbatch shares letter to Santa

Benedict Cumberbatch thinks he's too old to write to Santa, but that didn't stop the "Sherlock" actor.

Cumberbatch posted his letter to Kris Kringle on website Letters Live, and he asked for a lot more than toys or books. He also admitted that as an adult, he felt "preposterous" sending him a letter when Santa was busy with the kids' notes. Still, he had a few requests.

"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with," he said in his handwritten letter. "A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness. Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope."

The actor acknowledged that his request isn't exactly as easy to obtain as a lightsaber.

"And when I really think about it I'm not sure that asking you for a lightsaber and getting one (not that I ever did by the way) is equatable with controlling the space time continuum and making the good of childhood last a little longer," he wrote.

Cumberbatch also asked Santa to help the illiterate children of the world who can't write letters to him to learn how to read and write. "Hear their words and help to give them the time and chance to learn how to read and write so they can better their lives and escape their impoverished beginnings," he said.

Cumberbatch does have one more request, too: "P.S. Please could I have that lightsaber now?" he closed.

He probably should leave cookies instead of "mince pies," as he promised, if he wants that lightsaber.

Read the full letter here.