For many years, the Tahlequah Daily Press has been an official clearinghouse for letters to Santa Claus. This isn’t a status we take lightly; we know how important it is to get the word out on wish lists in time for Christmas.
Local kids should know that publishing their letters in the Press is a great way to ensure their requests are seen by the right folks. After all, Santa gets a complimentary copy of our newspaper, which we happen to know he enjoys reading with a cup of cocoa and cookies. And it’s also important to note that mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa, might see those published lists, too!
Parents, we know your kids will need a little help with the process, so we’ve made it as easy as possible. Once your child makes his or her list, just send it to us by our deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 18. We’ll publish it sometime between now and Friday, Dec. 21, and then we’ll forward it to the North Pole.
Many teachers also take advantage of this opportunity, and send their letters to us in packets. We ask that teachers keep our deadline in mind, though; last year, a couple of teachers got behind and forgot to deliver their letters in time. We don’t want anyone disappointed! We require the full name of the teacher (first and last), plus the school and the grade taught, on the manila envelope or an attached piece of paper. This helps parents identify the letters of their own children, who usually don’t include last names.
By the way, we welcome and encourage the use of last names of children in their letters, though as opposed to other news items we publish, last names are not mandatory for Santa wish lists. After all, St. Nick knows who’s who!
You can get your letters to us in one of three ways:
• Drop them by our office at 106 W. Second, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. We will have a mailbox where we’ll keep the letters, and we’ll check regularly for new ones.
• Mail them to Santa Letters, c/o Tahlequah Daily Press, P.O. Box 888, Tahlequah, Okla., 74465. Those will be delivered to the newsroom. Letters will need to be mailed by Dec. 17 to reach us by deadline.
• Email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might want to call our copy editor, Kolby Paxton, to make sure we get your letter, especially if you have a Yahoo account.
A couple more points:
• We’ll do the best we can to decipher the writing of the children, but that’s not always easy. We publish each letter as we perceive it, with no corrections for grammar, spelling, capitalization or anything else.
• Some kids send drawings with their letters, and while we cannot guarantee publication of all artwork, we’ll do the best we can to include it.
• We will not be able to tell parents when their child’s letter will be printed, mainly because most letters do not include last names, but also because of the volume we receive. But keep watching the paper for the next few days after you submit it, and you should see it.
• Once we have a letter in hand, we cannot return it to the sender. That includes any accompanying artwork.
We at the Press hope the wishes of every child come true this season. We look forward to hearing from all the kids – and we know our readers enjoy seeing what they have to say!