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Don’t forget to write Santa

December 13, 2013
Tim Chapman - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

Remember those Christmas Eves when you bounced around the house in anticipation of that jolly ol' fella coming down the chimney? Remember leaving the milk and cookies for St. Nick and then struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep?

It's hard to replicate those emotions as you grow older, though, many of you have seen it played out again and again through children and grandchildren.

Christmas is an unforgettable time for children. The wishes and details can get lost with the years, but they don't have to.

We're looking forward to putting together next week's edition of the Tribune because the voices of Pierce County's little ones can forever be recorded through Letters to Santa.

The post office is accepting letters through Dec. 17, which leaves only a few more days to get Kris Kringle that wishlist! The Tribune will attempt to run as many letters as possible, so encourage your believers at home to write and help many of them get their writing published for the first time.

I'll be checking with my mom to see if she kept any letters we wrote to Santa, but I'm guessing that wasn't a holiday priority. Getting all 14 of us kids to sit down and shut up for five minutes, so my dad could read "A Night Before Christmas," was difficult enough.

It would be great to sit back and read the letters now and compare my wishlist to those of children today. I was mainly interested in getting the jersey of the next up-and-coming Washington Redskins player or a nerf football. I'm sure there were other hot, new gadgets and toys, but it is hard to recall. After all, the best Christmas memories (and, rightfully so) are those of a jam-packed, loving and chaotic house that only grew wilder as my older siblings started their own families.

Worldly gifts are the least important aspect of the celebration of Christ's birth, but recording what children hoped for is an invaluable exercise in documenting history - a primary function of a newspaper. We will be able to look back at papers for years and see how the times changed and what excited the imagination of the children from one generation to the next.

While writing the letters, encourage your children to discuss what their grandparents and parents wished for at the same age. The adults can have just as much fun with this and are encouraged to write their own letters to the editor about their experiences.

Good luck and we look forward to reading and sharing the letters. Don't let this opportunity slip by!

 
 

 

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