Christmas is less than a week away, and children throughout Cherokee County - young and old – are putting the finishing touches on their wish lists.
While some dream of electronic games and gadgets, others prefer quality time spent with family. Some have seemingly never-ending lists, while others wish for only a couple of items.
“I want an iPad and a bouncy puppy,” said 7-year-old Alexis Marsh. “I also want stuff for the iPad.”
Donald Jones, whose hair is thinning, recalled holidays past, which sparked his wish for this year.
“I would like to have hair for Christmas,” said Jones.
Clay Radeke has never outgrown his love of classic cars, and hopes Santa will oblige him his wish this year.
“I want a perfect 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe,” said Radeke.
While teenagers may roll their eyes at the idea of making lists of any sort, several Tahlequah High School students in Elsie Morris’ class shared their checklists for this Christmas. Most involve spending time with family.
“I would like to witness a miracle,” said Bree DeBord. “I also hope the best for my family to make it through our first Christmas without my grandpa.”
Cheyenne Green will be missing her father this year.
“I would like to be able to have my dad at home,” said Green.
Unless Mother Nature offers a little more cooperation, Taylor Ann Cross may disappointed this Christmas.
“I’m hoping to have a white Christmas and have all of the family over,” said Cross.
Jeanessa Joice will welcome a new family member this Christmas.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my new baby cousin smile for the first of many times,” said Joice. “I also want to win the annual baseball game.”
Other local residents also indicated they’d most enjoy spending time with family. Leah Trapp is among that group.
“I wish that my boys, Isaac and Luke King, have the best Christmas,” said Trapp.
Kelie Myers hopes is looking forward to spending time with her son, as well.
“My wish for Christmas is to spend it with my son and [to give him] a hug and a kiss,” said Myers. “I feel fortunate to have my grandparents, and I want to wish everyone a happy, safe and peaceful holiday.”
Carrie Lane will be spending this Christmas a long way from her family home, but is happy to be a new resident of Tahlequah.
“I’m far from my home in Wyoming,” said Lane. “During the holidays, I want for everyone to be together, but with the weather in Wyoming, it’s hard to go there, since you might have to stay. Tahlequah has been very good to my family and me.”
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