EDITOR'S DESK: The thought is the true Christmas gift

Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 01:14 AM.

We ran North Okaloosa second-graders' letters to Santa Claus in the News Bulletin's Dec. 18 and Dec. 21 editions, and it's always a treat to hear what kids really want for Christmas.

These wish lists can be predictable and include items like skateboards and rollerblades, which seem as popular today as they were 25 years ago when I wrote letters to Santa.

They also can be brutally honest, such as when children admit they've been bad and explain why they don't deserve gifts.

Then there are letters that inspire us, such as when children thank Santa for bringing them joy, or ask Santa to skip their house and send presents to someone who really needs them.

Whatever the case may be, we run the letters unedited so that the children's innocence shines through. The lists also tell us what North Okaloosa kids want most from Santa Claus. And, perhaps, they remind adults of a time when they had faith like a child and were caught up in the season's excitement.

As Amber Kelley, The Hobo Homefront columnist, and the Rev. Mark Broadhead, From the Pulpit columnist, have said in their recent columns, Christmas seems to become increasingly hectic and distant from its peaceful origin. The more hectic it gets, the less fun it is.

I don't have wish list, but it would be nice to have a food sealing system so I could prepare a month's meals in advance and store them in the freezer.

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