Well it is that time of year again when sleigh bells are ringing, well at least in a few homes. Christmas is upon us and sadly many find it to be one of the most loneliest/depressing times of the year. As printed in the Globe & Mail letters to Santa are not limited to little children. These letters are carefully handwritten, no colourful pictures, no ribbons or bows just wishes for a job, money to buy a present for their children, or as one letter writer asked for, a soul mate.
I give my utmost praise to our workers at the Canadian Postal Service who volunteer every year to answer the thousands of letters they receive on behalf of the jolly old fellow Santa Claus. In such a short period of time, these volunteers can amass many hours answering each and every one of those letters which I imagine is no easy task. Most letters are probably quite upbeat asking for the usual thing, a Barbie doll, a truck, a train, a computer game, an Xbox, or maybe even a book. But, as it is difficult enough to tell a young writer that Santa Claus, himself, hopes mommy and daddy will stop fighting or that daddy/mommy will be home for Christmas, how do you answer a letter from an adult who needs a job, is lonely or depressed. Somehow our Canadian Postal Worker has to write an aged appropriate response. They of course, cannot promise you a job because the economy will not necessarily get better nor can they promise money for presents for your children and they certainly cannot promise you will meet your soul mate. Thus what do you say? So, as you hunt for that last gift remember those less fortunate and if you see the donation box in the mall or grocery store put something in it, because no matter what, there is always someone in worse shape than yourself.