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||Letter to Santa...
Letter to Santa
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
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.
Copyright 2012 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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