For many years, I have been one of Santa's helpers. Our local post office would have a Santa's mailbox and I found out that they just threw the letters away. So, I convinced them to let me collect the letters from Santa's box and mail letters and a treat back to each young writer.
So, now I wear my Santa hat and carry my red and white Santa's bag to collect the letters. Being in a small town, sometimes I know the kids or someone in their family, so that helps me really personalize the letters.
So far this year, I have had a couple of letters that have brought tears to my eyes. The first one was from a little girl who wished her mom would quit smoking. This week, one young girl sent Santa a letter starting out with an apology if she asked for too much. Here are those items:
Then she apologized again but wanted two more things:
Now, I was in tears. Here was a little girl who probably had a dad serving our country and most of her wants were not materialistic things. THAT is the spirit of CHRISTmas!