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December 25, 2011

A Stand-In Santa’s Plea

Local mall Santa sees some great needs

Somerset —  

Dear Santa: I’m not sure where to begin with my letter to you this year. I know I usually wait and report in to you after the first of the year and after everything has settled down, but I feel I need to tell you some things before you go on your mission this year. 
Santa, I’ve had a wonderful year. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the song “Last Christmas” but I’ve spent most of this Holiday Season with that song running through my head...
“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart but the very next day you gave it away. This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.”
I ended last year very much the same way I started this one. Heartbroken. Sad. Hopeless. There are a lot of people out there who feel the same way. But then something hap-pened. Through what can only be described as a miracle, I picked myself up and I began to laugh. I turned my pain around and I actually started making others laugh. That led to stand up comedy which eventually led to the job I have now at WYKY and WTLO. It took what seemed forever, but I’m finally in a good place. This is the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. I think I’m where I’m supposed to be and doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m back in radio where I belong... where I feel most like me.
Last Christmas nearly killed me but this Christmas I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. 
That’s why I’m writing you with a heavy heart, Santa. Maybe I was broken last year to prepare me for this year. As you know, I help you in North American Sector 42503: Mall District 1138. In years past, I’ve had my share of troubling requests. When asked by a child for something intangible, for the impossible, I usually just say, “I’ll see what I can do.” That’s the best way I can get through it, Santa. You remember a few years ago when a young man made a request for his father, a wounded veteran. The boy asked for his father to get his arm back. Do you remember all the children who have wanted their parents to get back together. Year in and year out, children ask for the impossible. 

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