Dear Santa:

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, people were scurrying around a full house. Yes, loved ones had come from places afar, and stories abound to update us all.

The year had been filled with successes and gain. Some mentioned frustrations, defeats, or going insane. Folks spoke of their wants, their goals and their plans. But then I looked around, and to the study I ran. I write you this note, although it’s delayed, please set aside some room on your sleigh.

What if this year, we threw away the lists? I wonder instead, could we make a request? Visit those lonely, sick, or depressed, and fill up their stockings with comfort and rest. Go to the people who may not have much, and surprise them with treats, with blankets and lunch! Go to the animal who may be alone, and give him some love–maybe a place to call home?

I know you’re in a hurry, so I’ll make this brief. Can you make the spirit of Christmas last beyond this week? Make kindness grow, make evil weak. It can happen with a nudge, a gesture, a tweak. Your spirit will grow in hearts big and small. More will believe, in no time at all!

This is my ask, my only request. It’s a tall order, but you are the best. Little gestures of goodwill, kindness, or cheer, is a gift that will keep giving throughout the year.

I’ve left you some green juice and almonds to take. Be careful with all the cookies, for goodness sake! Merry Christmas to you, Santa, and if there’s time to spare–can you make the Dallas Cowboys better next year?

Love, Lacey Pruett

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