BEYOND THE HEADLINES: Dear Santa...
Santa Claus is getting ready for his big flight around the world, and that means boys and girls are still putting their final lists together.
While some of the requests are to be expected, others are more creative.
“If I could ask for anything, I’d ask Santa to reverse global warming for me so that there would always be lots of snow for Caravan Farm Theatre’s winter sleigh ride productions.” - Estelle Shook, interim artistic and managing director at Caravan Farm Theatre
“We would love to come to work on Christmas Day and not have to attend any serious crimes such as break and enters, people hurting each other, or thefts — even just for that one day. If you could give us nothing to do at Christmas, that would be our perfect gift. We know it’s asking a lot, but we’re sure a lot of people who aren’t police officers would be very happy if you could do this for us as well.” - Cst. Jocelyn Noseworthy, RCMP spokesperson.
“I wish for dignity and respect for all, and that the rail trail gets fully funded in 2017.” - Brad Clements, Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative
“I don’t have anything to ask Santa for. We live in the best place on Earth, have clean fresh water, grow wonderful food, and even if we’re down and out, our communities are supportive and generous. I will count my blessings and give thanks this Yuletide, as I do every day.” - Debbee Werner, Cherryville artist and publisher
“If I could ask Santa anything for Christmas, it would be that no one in Vernon would go hungry and that they all would feel the presence of Jesus Christ this Christmas season.” - Stefan Reid, Salvation Army executive director
“I would like everyone in our community to have the dignity of a safe haven they can call home. Also can we keep the spirit of giving throughout the year not just at Christmas. I just want 2017 to be better for those who have struggled this year. Thank you Santa.” - Juliette Cunningham, Vernon councillor
“As a local civic politician, I have been accused by my fellow councillors and mayor as ranting on occasion. I wish Santa could arrange a dinner meeting with myself, Rex Murphy and Rick Mercer so I could learn from the best.” - Brian Schreiner, Enderby councillor
“I would ask that people of all ages could be free of abuse and treated with dignity, respect and acceptance. It’s a tall order but what an awesome world this would be.” - Sharon Durant, Canadian Mental Health Association
“Dear Santa, Every year at this time I get a little misty eyed watching the community pitch in to support one another. Please give us all a little extra energy to get through this busy season.” - Megan Turcato, Global Okanagan reporter
“I want Santa to bring me news that all of the parents are reading to their kids for at least 20 minutes a day. The benefits of that are huge. Every time a parent does it, a librarian gets their wings.” - Stephanie Hall, Okanagan Regional Library
It will be interesting to see if Santa is able to meet these specific requests, But no matter what you receive, may the peace and joy of the season be with you. From my house to your house, a very Merry Christmas.