OPINION: Hey kids! It’s time to write Saint Nick

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

Slow as Christmas.
When I was a kid, it truly did seem like Christmas might never arrive.
Now I’m all grown up and Christmas comes with the speed of, well, Santa’s reindeer.
And speaking of Santa, let me say this about the jolly, jiggling-bellied gent all dressed in red: It’s time to get in touch with him.
It’s time to compose your wish lists, write your letters and send them to us at 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.
Here’s what you need to know:
n Include in your letters your names, ages and the town or community in which you live.
n Mail your letters to the North Pole in care of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802-0909.
n No form letters from entire classes, please.
n And no parent-written letters.
n If you feel creative when you’re writing your letters to Santa, feel free to draw, color or paint a picture. We’ll consider publishing some of your artwork as well.
Any letters that arrive at the Journal after Monday, Dec. 14 will not be considered for publication. But don’t worry. All letters will be forwarded to Santa at the North Pole.
Keep your letters and your wish lists short – the economy has had an effect on Old Saint Nick, too.

Give thanks
It’s true – Christmas is coming. But not before we celebrate Thanksgiving.
It’s a great day to remember to give thanks, something we ought to do with each and every breath we are given.
So, count your blessings and have a happy Thanksgiving.

“If the only prayer you said
in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
– Meister Eckhart

“We can only be said to be
alive in those moments when
our hearts are conscious of
our treasures.”
– Thornton Wilder

Contact Leslie Criss at leslie.criss@djournal.com or (662) 678-1584.

Leslie Criss/NEMS Daily Journal