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In a special section last December, The Daily Journal published 391 letters to Santa Claus written by Richmond County children.

Some were funny or cute, like when Zyliah wrote that “my teacher said I have been very good this year” or when Alyssa had specified that she had “been good lately;” or when London wrote that “I really wanna ride your sleigh!” Young Ari might have topped them all, noting that “Nanna says I try hard to be a good boy, but sometimes I get in trouble (with my mama).”

Ari reminded Santa that if he wasn’t home Christmas Eve, he’d be at his Nanna’s house.

And some were more serious, like Katie’s. Katie thanked Santa for all the gifts brought to all the children but pleaded with the man in the red suit “don’t give me a lot of toys for Christmas” but instead “think about all the poor children that don’t get anything for Christmas. They need presents, too. Please, Santa, bring me whatever you think I need.”

While it’s perfectly normal and natural to think of oneself, Katie, now 8, exudes a spirit we wish would become contagious. There are many wrongs in the world, but it can take the courage of only one person, of any age, to buck the trend. To go against the gain.

Many of the letters reminded Santa not to forget about the milk, cocoa, cookies and other snacks left for him, Mrs. Claus or the reindeer.

This year’s batch will likely bring another mix of funny, cute, serious and sad. We welcome them all, and look forward to publishing them in a special section in the Dec. 24 edition of The Daily Journal. Please try to keep letters to 50 words or less; while that might not sound like a lot, 50 words can be used to ask for an awful lot of things.

Letters can be put in the red “Letters to Santa” mailbox in front of The Daily Journal’s office at 105 E. Washington St. in downtown Rockingham.

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