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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern  and  a founder of the Southern Humorists writers' organization. She is writer, editor, and webmaster of

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Letter to Santa...

Letter to Santa

Guess you thought I was not going to write this year? Ha, ha, gotcha! I just want to let you know that I'm still around. What I want for Christmas is a new Apple iPad. What else is there to want -- that will fit under a Christmas tree, I mean.

It is suppose to be cool to ask for stuff for others, stuff like Peach on Earth. People keep asking, but we never seem to get it, so we might as well scratch it off the list. It is too bad that a simple thing like peace has to be so tangled up in politics.

Not only can the nations of the world not get along, but even the republicans and democrats can't seem to agree long enough to work out a plan to keep us from falling off the "fiscal cliff." I've about had it will all of them. Maybe you could bring us a new Congress, one with some sense, if there is such a thing.

Some people just dream of a White Christmas. That seems simple, but I'm not sure if weather is your department. You will probably want to pass this wish along to Old Man Winter or Mother Nature and let them make the decision. If this global warming thing continues, we will soon not have snow anywhere, except for the
places they create it artificially so people can ski.

I read in the paper that a lot of kids are not getting anything at all. Some parents have not recovered from the economic recession and are still out of work. Jobs, Santa, jobs! Sprinkle a few of those around wherever they are needed. And may I remind you that android tablets are on sale for $69 at Big Lots, so take care of those kids and don't let them go without a Christmas. Don't forget about the hurricane Sandy victims, either. Some areas of

New England were pretty devastated. There are always disaster victims, like the sad folks whose children were killed in school last week. If you could bring them a bit of joy and a smile or two to help, I know they would appreciate it. As for the hurricane victims, I have no idea what they need -- everything, I guess. I would say donate some money to the Red Cross and let them figure it out. They are good with disaster recovery.

Let me see, that is peace, poverty, politics and disaster. Sounds like a pretty big list for a person who only wanted an iPad. I should probably be sending this list to God instead of you. We can't expect for Santa to do the impossible. Just because you can make reindeer fly, doesn't mean you have answers for everything and can make social problems magically go away.

I'm afraid people are the ones who made these problems and people are the ones who have to resolve them. I think we need to worry more about giving than getting. One person can't do much, but if everyone did a little, we could accomplish a great deal. Thanks, Santa, for helping me sort all of this out. Maybe you are a smarter old elf than I thought you were.

Goodbye until next year, Santa. I have to write a check to the Red Cross and go shop for the Angel Tree. Oh, by the way, please don't bring me anything after all. I have everything I want.

Merry Christmas!

Copyright 2012 Sheila Moss

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