LESLIE CRISS: Holiday preparations begin with a quick note to Santa

LESLIE CRISS

LESLIE CRISS

“There are three stages of man: He believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus.” – Bob Phillips

“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.” – Francis P. Church

Halloween has passed and now we press on toward Thanksgiving which, sadly, often seems to simply be treated as a stepping stone along the way to Christmas.

My friend and co-worker John Pitts has said if a store already has Christmas tree lights on inside, he will not shop there – “Wait for Thanksgiving.”

I’m with him 100 percent, but it frightens me that I might need something like milk or bread or dog food and find absolutely no place that has not prematurely decked the halls.

I love Thanksgiving. And, for me, the Christmas season has always been ushered in by Santa Claus, as he brings up the rear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Still and yet, some things have to be taken care of in advance, so forgive me, Mr. Pitts, for proclaiming in this space that it is time for kids to begin composing their letters to Jolly Old St. Nicholas and then send them to the Daily Journal.

They’ll be kept in a safe place until Santa’s chief postal helper from the Northeast Mississippi district, Judy McGhee, types them into her computer.

After being stored in our trusty computer system from which they can never be lost, (wink, wink) they will be forwarded on to Mr. Claus himself at his reindeer ranch and toy factory at the North Pole.

In the Christmas Eve edition of the Daily Journal, there’ll be an entire section filled with the letters we’ve received. It’s something you can save to remind you of all the wonder and wisdom of children. It’s something to remind us all of why believing can be an amazing thing.

Now, pay close attention, especially you parents. Here’s what you need to know:

• Include in your letters your names, ages and the town or community in which you live.

• Mail your letters to the North Pole in care of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802-0909.

• No form letters from entire classes, please. They will not appear in the paper.

• If you feel creative when you’re writing your letters to Santa, feel free to draw, color or paint a picture. We’ll publish some of the best and most colorful artwork as well.

Any letters that arrive at the Journal after Friday, Dec. 6, will not be considered for publication. But don’t worry. All letters will be forwarded to Santa at the North Pole.

Santa and his elves are waiting to hear from you.

leslie.criss@journalinc.com