- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2020

Dear Santa,

It’s been awhile, a long while since many, perhaps most of us, have written to you.

Too many years, people merely run through post-Thanksgiving machinations ‘til Christmas morn. The Festival of Lights and Mass, photo-ops with your mall stand-ins, and running about to make sure the kids (even the older ones) get shining bikes, the latest electronic gizmos or luxury boutiques like Moncler, whose D.C. shop was looted in the name of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.

Santa, I’m sure that even though you are a denizen of the North Pole and your closest advisers are Mrs. Claus and the elves, you are up on what’s been happening this year around the glove. That is, after all, your annual thing, checking the naughty and nice lists and making Christmas Eve visits in what appears to be hither and thither.

We’re still keeping the faith though.



See, Santa, the kids are worried.

Kids are worried this year because of COVID-19, a nasty germ.

Kids are worried because the germ shut down their schools, their sports programs and their neighborhood recreation programs.

There are no dance and music lessons.

No karate and gym classes.

No social connections except online.

Kids can’t even visit their grandmas and grandpas because “experts” don’t want the germ to spread.

Some kids are so fearful they’re even writing letters to you about the germ and how they want the germ to go away.

One girl, a 10-year-old whose mom is a caretaker, wrote in her letter to you that she’s often afraid for her and hopes that the germ “no longer exists.”

Another girl, a young French fille, wrote that she’s not requesting a lot of gifts because she doesn’t want to spread the infections.

Yet another wrote that his wish is money for his parents to pay bills and Internet access so he can study.

Perspective.

The kids have perspective.

They know, Santa.

They know what their unemployed parents are going through and why. And while they might not engage in conversions with grown folk are how they actually feel and what they actually think, they feel comfortable telling Santa Claus.

They also know Santa won’t be in the malls, churches and shopping centers this season, so they’re communicating the old-fashioned way, by writing letters, postcards, Christmas cards and sending them to you via snail mail.

Volunteers around the world who don’t live on the North Pole usually go through their letters at post offices. Ordinarily, the volunteers try to make sure the kids’ requests for basketballs and the like are taken care of — and in case you’re wondering, Barbie Dolls and Hot Wheels are still a fave).

Getting rid of viruses is not.

So, as you make your rounds on Christmas Eve 2020, stay safe, Santa. Here’s hoping Rudolph’s bright red nose steers you right.

As for my list, I’m asking that a promising vaccine or two is on your list. You know, I’ve got the kids’ back.

They believe, I believe.

⦁ Deborah Simmons can be contacted at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

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