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Jolly Old St. Nick. Mr. Claus. St. Nicholas. All are synonyms for Santa Claus, the man who brings magic to children all over the world each year at Christmastime.
Each year when Letters to Santa start arriving at the Central Kentucky News-Journal’s office, we are touched by the poignancy and trust expressed in children’s letters.
We’re reminded of the plight of others less fortunate when we read letters that ask for nothing except a warm place for the homeless and food for the hungry. We’re also reminded that Christmas is a time when we can really wish for the moon, evidenced by those lists to Santa that go on and on and on.
We’re also reminded of our own childhoods when we read the ones that make us laugh.
We’re guessing that you could open any newspaper’s annual Letters to Santa section from anytime in history and have a fairly accurate gauge of what’s going on in world affairs.
These young writers take the pain of war, the desperate need for a cure for cancer and the problems of poverty and, in their simple words, ask Santa to make their wishes come true … peace on earth, the safe return of soldiers from war and food and shelter for all people.
And, as all children do, they ask for really cool gifts for themselves, their friends and their families.
As always, the Central Kentucky News-Journal is serving as Santa’s headquarters. Children can send their letters to the newspaper office by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, bringing it by the office at 428 Woodlawn Ave., or mailing it to Santa in care of the Central Kentucky News-Journal, P.O. Box 1138, Campbellsville, Ky. 42719.
Children’s letters and drawings received at the CKNJ no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, will be published in a special Christmas issue on Monday, Dec. 21.
The News-Journal will also give prizes for the best writers. The boy and girl who write the best letter will receive $15. Second-place winners will get $10 and third-place winners will get $5.
All letters must be written by children age 12 or younger.
Get out your paper and pencils and get busy!