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Santa's leftovers would be good for Christmas
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Dear Santa,

I hope your year has been a good one and that the holidays aren't stressing you out too much. Jake and I saw you taking present requests in West Acres the other day and you didn't seem to be under too much strain, despite the surrounding stores not being allowed to acknowledge that Christmas is the reason for the season anymore.


I know you're probably thinking I'm a little old to be sending you a letter (after all, I'll be turning 19 on New Year's and my adjustment period to adulthood will come to its end), but until I find crow's feet settling into my aorta, my heart's still feeling young enough that I can ignore this particular social norm.

Santa, I don't want to ask too much of you, but I do have some Christmas wishes. And so I thought that instead of asking for actual presents, I'd write to you and request whatever excesses you might have this year.

First of all, if you happen to have any extra cash lying around after your holiday expenses, it'd be terrific if you could supply college tuition for my pals and me. Thoughts of student loans, compounding interest, inadequate scholarships, inflation and four-plus years of school are enough to replace all the sugarplums that'd otherwise be dancing through our FAFSA-filled dreams.

Next, if you have any extra table scraps from Mrs. Claus' holiday cooking, I know there are plenty of empty stomachs -- in my town and over the globe -- that would appreciate being filled. And, no offense, Santa, but the jiggling nature of your belly suggests that you're not lacking victuals up north.

If you have any leftover gingerbread residences once the holidays are over, I thought maybe they could go to the too-large percentage of the population that doesn't have anywhere to go home to.

When you're putting away your holiday decorations (or do they never come down up at the Pole?), and you count the stockings hanging above your chestnut-laden fireplace, if you find that there are more than enough for you and the elves, there are lots of people who could use them for extra warmth this winter. You know, only if you happen to have extra.

Also, Santa, I figured that maybe you have extra books, dolls, games, movies, and whatever else hanging about from all the kids who change their minds about what they want at the last minute. I'm sure there are lots of kids who wouldn't be picky about accepting those excess toys.

Again, Santa, I really don't want you to go out of your way to fill any of these requests. But if you have any leftover supplies that would just be wasted otherwise, doesn't it make more sense to give them where they're needed?

Finally, Santa, could you remind us all that, even as we're receiving new things, we already have so much we don't need -- food that's not being eaten, old gaming systems that aren't being played, outgrown clothes and shoes and eyeglasses that aren't being worn -- that would be better employed if given to someone who could use them, just like the Christmas episode of "Family Guy" taught me earlier this week?

Thanks, Santa. Merry Christmas, and safe travels.

Love, Thressa.

Thressa Johnson graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and attends Concordia College in Moorhead.