Christmas lights

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM.

Santa needs to ensure the elves, or as children so young call them elfs, are safe and working hard and being taken care of, some children write.

Santa needs to ensure that Mrs. Claus, Misses Claus, Ms. Claus and even Miss Claws – we type them as we get them and that in part reflects the hearts and minds of ones so young – is also in good health and taking good care of Santa.

And Santa must travel safely. That Christmas Eve night he must take care.

He must keep his reindeer, or raindeer, well fed and there are plenty of youngsters more than willing to help out, whether with carrots or (?) brownies.

That is what we, everybody, lost in Newtown, 20 lives that saw the world through those eyes, with that sort of brain and heart and honesty.

There is no politics in those pages of letters, no disagreements about the things that in contrast to Newtown seem so pointless and so … small.

There is no filter. There is no cynicism, no sense of entitlement – several letter writers spelled it out for Santa, can’t bring me anything, that is okay – no desire to get one over on anybody or anything.

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