Letters to Santa remind us what is important at Christmas time
by David Lazenby
Dec 17, 2010 | 950 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Lazenby
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During this time of year, conversation in the Daily Mountain Eagle newsroom seems to focus on letters to Santa Claus.

Each year, the newspaper publishes the notes written to Kris Kringle by area children. And yes Virginia, there is a subscription to the Daily Mountain Eagle at Saint Nick’s place at the North Pole.

From time to time, the newspaper’s typists will tell us about a particularly cute message sent to Santa. While taking a break Thursday afternoon, I couldn’t resist the urge to take a sneak peek at the letters that will be published in the newspaper on Dec. 24.

As always, the letters give an indication of this year’s most popular play things

Among the in-demand presents are newfangled devices of which I am not familiar. I assumed a child who asked Santa for a Baby Alive simply wanted a little brother or sister.

I always wonder if I should be disturbed by all the weaponry asked for by local kids. According to the letters, several kids want swords, bow and arrow sets, knives, shotguns, slingshots and other dangerous devices. All one youngster wants for Christmas is an AK-47.

Some of the children obviously put deep thought into their letters to Santa.

Parker Sawyer was thoughtful enough to begin his letter by thanking Santa for the toys given to him last year. His parents should be proud. Kayleigh Tupps also expressed her gratitude for last year’s presents from Santa.

Other children were wise enough to remind Santa of how good they had been since the last time Saint Nicholas was in town. These children clearly want more than coal in their Christmas stockings.

Brittany Parker’s letter included a character reference.

“Mommie says I have been very good. So here is what I want for Christmas!” she wrote.

Jonathan Dockins said he was especially good this year while he was asleep.

I have a feeling Santa will reward Dalton Perry for his honesty.

“I have been kinda good this year but I can change,” the local youngster wrote.

Several kids also reminded Santa that there will be milk and cookies at their homes on Christmas Eve. I figured some kids used this as insurance to make sure Santa shows up at their house.

Jayla Alexander, who said she is Santa’s “biggest fan,” made a point to ask about Santa’s reindeer.

“Tell them that I said hey,” Jayla wrote.

John Tillery was thoughtful enough to ask about Santa’s elves. “I hope you are not working too hard,” wrote John.

Some children were considerate enough to ask for presents for their family members. “My mom wants a new house,” one child wrote.

Kaeleigh Davis remembered her father while writing her letter to Santa.

“My daddy wants a deer hunting thingy,” wrote the Townley resident.

Other letters noted that Santa — despite his importance — was not the real reason for the season.

A child named Erik wrote that although he had an extensive wish list “Some people think it is all about toys and games but it’s not. It is about Jesus B’day.”

Braden Amerson expressed a similar sentiment.

“Santa, you and Mrs. Claus and the elves are the bestest, but not better than God and Jesus,” he wrote.

It’s always sad to read a request from Santa indicative of children having to be concerned about extremely serious matters.

“ I would like for my Mommy to get us a new home since our house burned in August,” one young child wrote.

Another kid from Walker County said, “My Christmas wish is for my dad not to be in the hospital.”

One child’s request read: “I would like for my house to feel better.”

With the possible exception of some of the firearms requested, I hope this Christmas all area youngsters get what they want.

However, more than that, I hope at Christmas the underprivileged children of our community get what they need.

David Lazenby is the news editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at 221-2840 or via e-mail at david.lazenby@mountaineagle.com.