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December 2013


Santa, For Christmas this year... Dear Santa,


The first thing that I used to wish for when I was a kid was that I could have a lot of Christmas candy and desserts. However, Mr. “C” I am 63 years old now and a diabetic. Santa, I did try eating some of that sugar-free candy you left last year, but the temporary enjoyment of that treat resulted in a prolonged period of unspeakable side effects. I also recently read on my chart in the doctor’s office that I am officially obese and have stubbornly resisted his advice to lose weight! I can’t imagine what he would say about your weight problem, Santa! So I guess that I can’t really ask for anything to eat other than a head of lettuce or some raw broccoli.


Santa, I would ask you for money, but I guess I won’t need any! I have had about fifty e-mails in the last year advising me that I have won the Euro lottery, the Internet users lottery, and just last week some type of national lottery. In addition to my wonder- ful streak of luck, several foreign citizens have offered to share millions of dollars with me if I will only give them my account number so that they can deposit that money directly into my banking account. In fact not long ago, I got a call on my cell phone all the way from Jamaica offering me a BMW sports car. Imagine how popular I am that someone would call me on my cell phone all the way from Jamaica and offer to give me a car! How can it get any better than that! Santa, if you don’t mind I will gladly share my good fortune if you will send me your e-mail address and bank account or credit card number!


Santa, if it is not too much trouble I would like to ask you to bring something for


my dog Red. However, I don’t know what you could bring him since his life could not possibly be improved. He sleeps in the house every night and wakes me up so that he can go out at his convenience in the middle of the night. He always gets up when I do in the morning and stays by my side until I leave for work. After all that stress, he promptly goes back to the bedroom and sleeps until I come home at noon. He does run with me in the afternoon, but he waits at the corner about a mile away because he knows that I will come back by in about twenty minutes! At one time I thought that he was a well-trained dog. Now I have realized that he is a dog that has condi- tioned me to be a well-trained human! So, Santa, I guess there is nothing that he really needs after all! Finally, Santa, could you bring my wife and kids some really nice gifts this year? You see, no matter how many good intentions that I have to really get them something terrific each year, when Christ- mas Day rolls around I still am left with some bummer gift that I picked up at the last minute! Last year my sons hinted that they really wanted pictures of Ben Franklin in an envelope. I figured they would rather have pictures of Presidents as opposed to those of just an inventor and statesman. They didn’t seem to be that impressed with those pictures of George Washington and Abe Lincoln when they took them out of the envelope!


My wife told me that she would really like to have some perfume last year. Still not sure why some perfume is called “eau de toilette”? The translation was “toilet water”


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by Mike R. Hagy


As we move past the Thanksgiving season and the Christmas season begins, there are always letters from children to Santa Claus. I was thinking that this year I might contribute a letter to Santa Claus, too.


when I looked that up. Am I missing something here?


One thing is sure, although my gifts have always been terrible; everyone always seems to be surprised. Since they seem to like surprises a lot, maybe you don’t need to bring them anything after all and I will just surprise them again with some of my wonderful selections.


Santa, when all is said and done, I don’t guess I need anything at all. So as visions of safety, service, and satisfaction are dancing through my head and we work to provide our members with light, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!” Respectfully yours,


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