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Opinion

Letters to Santa

By From page A4 | December 09, 2013

We look forward to publishing Letters to Santa from El Dorado County children every year. A handful of letters were printed in the Last Minute Gift Guide appearing in last Friday’s newspaper. There are too many to include so we plan on publishing all those we receive in upcoming editions of the Mountain Democrat. The local newspaper has long been a direct conduit to Santa and all youngsters will have their requests forwarded. Plus, you can’t beat the entertainment value they provide.

Some of the Santa letters appearing in the Last Minute Gift Guide certainly invoked “oohing” and “awwing” from staff members here in the office. There’s definitely a “cuteness” factor these letters bring to our attention.

One toddler named Noah wrote that he wants “my brother’s type of computer, a Percy Jackson sword that is metal but not sharp” and along with other gifts, “my own personal chicken.”

A fascinating request came from Bella and Buddy, 7 and 6, respectively. “So for Christmas this year, we both would like a rocket ship so we could send Smokey to the moon. She scratched my brother’s nose and he had to get a shot.”

But it wasn’t just the wish lists we found entertaining. Several of the letter writers were just as concerned about Santa’s well-being as their own.

“How are you back in the North Pole?” asked Mariah, 10 ½. “Are your reindeer doing fine? How is Mrs. Claus doing? Well, if you ask me, I’m doing fine, Santa.”

The kid’s appreciation for the big guy was also inspiring.

“I’m glad you came into this world making a smile on every kid’s face, making their day and night knowing you’re a great man filled with happiness and joy,” wrote Ana, 12. “You are truly everyone’s hero by making their dream come to life with the stuff you give them.”

Inspirational, entertaining and heartfelt is what readers take away from letters to Santa. As these youngsters give Santa Claus ideas on what they would like for Christmas they’re also instilling the spirit of Christmas in others.

And that is why we do this every year.

Mountain Democrat

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