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Beyond The Norm-Mel

Kids make the holidays fun

This is one of my favorite times of the year. As a child I measured time using Christmas, not New Year's, as a base.

In recent years, as my parents have asked what I want for Christmas, I have drawn a blank. It is difficult to think of things I really want or need. My husband is getting used to the idea of not buying anything he really wants so that people will have something to buy him for Christmas.

As I grow older one of my favorite things during the holiday season is the letters to Santa that we print in the newspaper. Local second grade students write letters asking Santa questions and listing toys they want. Printed exactly how the children wrote the letter, they are sweet.

But Santa isn't the only one who receives these precious letters. Grandview resident and family friend Janice Bretthauer brought in a letter her 8-year-old great-grandson wrote after she asked him for a Christmas list.

"Jake's list for Christmas" is a bit ambitious, but darling.

On his list he wrote: "54-inch T.V. mote controle. and a dirt bike I mean A real dirt Bike pop matchine and a camera and a 12 pack of gatorade and A refrigerator."

I remember asking for similar things when I was a kid at Christmas time. I never really wanted a television, but I did want a horse. In recent years I have learned that I am scared of horses. When I was in middle school or high school a "real camera" was on the list I gave my grandma.

I love letters like the one Jake sent his great-grandma. It shows great imagination.

I wish I was as imaginative today in developing my Christmas wish list. It basically consists of clothes. Not really that imaginative. I suppose it's a bit late to change my list. Maybe next year I will better take my own advise and not buy anything a few months before Christmas and instead write it down on my Christmas list

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