Letter From Santa
BRIAN BLANSETT, The Shawnee News-Star
Ho, ho, ho everyone.
I'll probably be back home by the time you read this, but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to the Shawnee area this year.
And — let me clear this up right away — I'm so very sorry about Blitzen's little accident as we were flying across I-4o. Talk about a Christmas memory for the family in that white Ford.
Sometimes, I swear, I don't know what comes over those reindeer. Anyway, I left something extra under the tree for that family. I hope it makes us even.
All in all, the kids in the Shawnee area did ok in 2011. There was a strong surge in Niceness in November and early December and Nice finished up 17 percent on the Naughty/Nice index compared to last year.
Consequently, it took a lot of overtime for the elves to finish all the requests for iPhones and Xboxes and now their union wants to renegotiate their contract in January.
I don't know how that will go, but we'll need to have it worked out by March. That's when we're planning a garage sale to liquidate some inventory. You'd be surprised how much stuff we've accumulated.
Back in the '5os, we way over-produced on Davy Crockett coonskin caps and I couldn't begin to tell you how many Furbies were left after Y2K. So, if you were naughty as a kid, there's a good chance we still have some of the items in stock that you wanted but couldn't get back then. Stop by the North Pole and we'll make you a deal.
And a special shoutout: Payton, thank you for leaving the chocolate chip cookies for me. I was really needing a snack by the time I got to your house. How did you know they're my favorites?
They were really good and I'm putting you at the top of the Nice list for next year. I ho-ho-hope you like the bicycle. Make sure you wear a helmet when you ride it.
Remember, everyone, be good and I'll see you next year.
Mon, February 20, 2012