Dear Santa

Dear Santa, 
I hope you, Mrs. Claus, and your helpers are doing well. This year I’ve decided to ask you for all the things I ask God for. I’m hoping maybe you and Him can get together and make it happen. Too many people and animals need more reason to continue living this beautiful journey called life.

This year I’m asking for food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, love for the unwanted, faith for the hopeless, safety for the mistreated, friends for the lonely, happiness for the sad, warm clothes for the cold, memory for those with Alzheimer’s, comfort for the scared, plentiful rain for the dehydrated, jobs for the jobless, money for the poor, children for the fertile, parents for foster kids, families for animals in shelter and ones that are abused, cures for the ill.

Santa there’s probably a lot more I can ask you for but I think this list is enough for now.  You can ask God; I’ve been bombarding Him for many, many years.

Thank you for doing what you do and for always listening and reading the millions of letters you must get. You’re an amazing man! Please tell Mrs. Claus I send my best regards, and give Rudolph and the others a big kiss from me.

P.S.  Be sure to taste the milk and cookies before leaving.

Love always,
Lily Lopez

Dear Santa Claus,
Christmas is coming and I am looking forward to your visit. This year, I would like many things for Christmas:

First of all, a dog; as well, a Christmas Tree; and finally, shoes.

I have been a good girl this year, so I think I deserve these presents. Three things I have done are:

1.  Helping Mommy and Daddy
2.  Listening to my teacher, Miss Julie
3.  Made my bed

When you come down the chimney, please look in the kitchen. I am going to leave cookies and milk on the table for you to have. Thank you Santa, I am very excited.

Elena

Dear Santa Claus,
Christmas is coming and I am looking forward to your visit. This year, I would like many things for Christmas:

First of all, a baby doll; as well as boy dolls; and finally, swings.

I have been a good girl this year, so I think I deserve these presents. Three things I have done are:

1. Be quiet when my mom slept
2. Clean dishes
3. Walk the dog

When you come down the chimney, please look in the kitchen. I am going to leave hot dogs and milk on the table for you to have. Thank you Santa, I am very excited.

Nelly

Dear Santa Claus,
Christmas is coming and I am looking forward to your visit. This year, I would like many things for Christmas:

First of all, a Christmas Tree; as well as a Green car; and finally, a Monster Truck.

I have been a good boy this year, so I think I deserve these presents. Three things I have done are:

1. Cleaned my room
2. Help my friends
3. Share my toys

When you come down the chimney, please look in the kitchen. I am going to leave hot dogs and chicken on the table for you to have. Thank you Santa, I am very excited.

William

Dear Santa:
With our snarly economy, I wish you could bring cheer and relief to all the non-profit organizations serving in Marathon. Could I ask for a ton of food for KAIR to feed the hungry; for plenty of people to visit Crane Point to experience our culture and history; for state budget cuts to disappear so the Grace Jones School stops struggling with revenue shortfalls; for people to fill the “wish list bins” of the Domestic Abuse Shelter; for volunteers and donors to help the Independence Cay Homeless Shelter; for the Florida DOT to get behind anything to preserve Pigeon Key; and for sanity to return to our local animal shelter? Oh yeah, and peace on Earth.

John Morrill

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is to find a loving adoptive family for every homeless dog and cat in the Keys! Don’t Shop-Adopt!

Michele Beach

Dear Santa,
I want a Garmin 405 Sports Watch so that I can be sure to beat Roger McVeigh in ALL local athletic events… even non-competitive, fundraising charity walks… 

Betsy Langan

Dear Santa,
A quick note of thanks for granting my request to make Marathon more “Christmasy.” Nice touch with the orange candles on the roadside, but your helpers need better elf costumes.

From a your buddy and grouchy retailer,

Charlie

Dear Santa:
I consider myself very lucky to have the friends and family that I have been blessed with, and there is not enough time in the world for me to express to them how much they mean to me. So, for Christmas this year, I would really appreciate it if you could give the gift of joy and hope to them, and make sure that all of my friends and family have safe and happy holidays. 

P.S. And a kitten.  I really, really want a kitten.

P.S.S. Thanks for the trampoline that year when I was 8. Best. Christmas. EVER!

Love,
Rachel

Dear Santa,
I’m not too fussy about what you bring me…just no sharp, pointy objects or small bottles of liquid. Also, be sure to do a thorough background check on the Elves this year; and check all packages for explosive devices before dropping them down my chimney.

Thank you, and have a safe flight!

Dave Scott
Former TSA employee

Dear Santa,
On this special date I ask, with a lot of love, and of course if there is a possibility, to bring me an Olympus digital camera and a LCD TV. Thanks Santa Claus!

Love,

Guiselle Ornelas

Dear Santa,
Trying to shorten my list down this year as I know there is an overwhelming need and desire from a lot of people; some of them I will guess haven’t asked for anything from you in many years, but think you are their best bet in these hard times. My request would start with asking that my children and grandchildren be healthy and happy and get everything they desire for Christmas but still remember what Christmas is about.

As a lot of people know, it’s hard being away from family at the holidays and makes us even more determined they are happy; give them all a big kiss and hug from me when you see them.

This year as last year, my husband and I are cooking and supplying Christmas dinner to around 250 people that live on boats in the City’s Marina in Boot Key Harbor; it kind of happened at the last minute last year and grew to a number three or four times larger than we thought were coming. It was great! A lot of people brought side dishes, friends helped with the turkey and ham cooking, food was abundant, good and totally consumed in a couple of hours.

The extra kitchen and equipment I used last year, (we live in a 1B/1B small condo) is not available this year and my wish from Santa would be an extra stove and fridge. As last year, I did have a couple of people volunteer to help cook turkeys, but that leaves me with the mashed potatoes, gravy and ham. (And pumpkin pie with topping!)

Before completing this letter I got a call from a friend that while out socializing last night did a wonderful thing – he explained my little problem (also what to do with six to seven turkeys while waiting for the big day) and when it was all said and done, I was given a place to keep the birds, and they offered to cook them for us! OMG, can you believe the generosity of others; my neighbors who happen to own Annette’s are doing more than they can ever imagine in helping us do this for our boating friends. And, they’ll be cooking them on Christmas Eve! Life is good and we are so thankful for friends and family.

P.S. Also just found out our daughter and two friends are coming down to help; now I’m looking for a place for them to crash for a week that has a nice kitchen! Ha ha! Merry Christmas!

Love, Arla

Dear Santa,
I know that I’m not always that good but I didn’t get caught this year, if that counts for anything. I hope you will come see my nieces and nephews even if you skip me this year. If you do decide to come by, you should know we don’t have a chimney. But if you have pontoons on that sleigh and line it up real tight, I think you can put her down in the 15th street canal. (That’s MM47.8, by the way)

For Christmas this year I would like to be stranded with my beautiful wife in a snowstorm in West Yellowstone, in a tiny cabin with a fireplace and stocked cupboards including a bottle of Kahlua and some half-n-half. Also, I would like to NOT HAVE a telephone, pc, macbook, iphone, ipad, blackberry, crackberry, facebook mobile device or any other Internet access at all for that matter. I would like a snowmobile that can get us to one nice restaurant that serves biscuits and gravy with soft-poached eggs and tomato juice all day and venison backstrap at least 10 different ways should we decide to leave the cabin. A nice movie selection would be great too! 

I would also like for my friends and family to be together with their friends and family, not counting me and Arlene cause we’d be locked away in our snowy paradise….alone.  And for each of them to have all of their dreams come true. Oh yeah, and world peace!

John Bella

Dear Santa,
I haven’t received any kind of plaque in a while, so something in brass or wood with my name on it would be really cool. If it is fire-related – that would be totally awesome.

For all my friends in Marathon, please do your best to bring us a prosperous economy and good health.

Your buddy,
Mikey Puto

PS: Thanks for a great (quiet) hurricane season.

 

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