All We Want For Christmas Ain't Our Two Front Teeth – Jamestown Post Journal

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Dec 19, 2021
When I was a kid, there were some popular, but not the best known, Christmas songs that were heard on many TV Christmas specials we watched between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
One of those songs was, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night,” and another was, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.”
The tradition of writing letters to Santa Claus, by children, and encouraged and enabled by parents, for as long as they could keep the belief alive in the minds of their kids, was one of the best parts of Christmas each year. As kids, we would sit and make a list of certain toys and games that we would like Santa to bring us and put under our Christmas tree every 25th of December. Then, in what seemed the blink of an eye, we were past the Santa Claus age, and the writing of letters to Santa fell by the wayside.
When I got married and immediately became the father of young children, I began playing the surrogate Santa Claus to my children. We did the Santa letter writing, complete with the addressing and stamping of envelopes, and mailing the letters to The Post-Journal to forward to Santa and with fingers crossed behind my back fibbing that Santa received the P-J letter and he’d certainly read their Christmas letter and wish list. It was always my hope and prayer each year that my children didn’t ask Santa for anything that came with the two worst words presented to any dad, at any time, “Assembly required.”
Then, my kids were all grown, and it was easier to know what to get them for Christmas, without the help of the letter to Santa, and with no fear that Santa would bring any gifts that said, “Assembly required,” but there was a little something missing without the writing and mailing the letters to Santa Claus.
For a while, Sally and I (mostly Sally) would shop for gifts for the kids and grandkids, and each other (basically setting a price limit, and telling each other something we’d like, in effect buying our own gifts, swapping them, then wrapping them, and putting under the tree labeled to each other.) So, shopping for the family became a little easier. Now it’s even easier as four of our grandchildren are in their twenties, so we let them shop for themselves with the money we give them, and that leaves only granddaughters, Gianna and Olivia, and great-grandson, Xavier, for which to shop.
That brings us to our letter and wish list to Santa, which we’d like to give to our children and grandchildren asking them to envelope it and mail it to Santa Claus, letting him know what we’d like for Christmas, this year and forevermore.
Just in case they don’t read our letter before they mail it, here’s the text of that message:
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Dear Santa,
Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you’ve brought each year. We greatly appreciate them. This year, we ask you to share this letter with our children and grandchildren letting them know what we’d like for Christmas this year.
First, we ask them to continue to love and cherish each other, being patient when necessary, being tolerant when needed, and being kind and forgiving to all people. We ask them to hug each other more every day, even if it’s a long distance hug in the form or a text message, Social Media message, or phone call.
We ask them to always remember where they came from, geographically and, more importantly, family-wise. We ask them to understand the mistakes we made in their lives were just that, mistakes, sometimes made by lack of knowledge, sometimes by lack of experience, sometimes due to financial restraints, some because we let some of our emotions dictate them, but never, ever, were they made from a lack of love. We ask them to learn from our mistakes and teach their own children to do the same.
We ask them to always remember God listens to all prayers and there’ll be times we’re all alone and may need to talk to someone, that God has very broad shoulders to help us with some of our anguish. Remember too, to trust God who answers all prayers, understanding sometimes the answer is no.
We ask them to forever be there for each other, remembering nothing is more important than family, and things that happened in the past are gone, but there’s always a new day and a fresh start, tomorrow.
We ask them to act in manners that will keep them healthy and wise. We ask them to always Be Smart, Be Safe, and Be Happy.
Papa and Mama Lombo
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And to them, and everyone, we wish, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
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Dec 19, 2021When I was a kid, there were some popular, but not the best known, Christmas songs that were heard on many TV Christmas specials we watched between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of those songs was, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night,” and another was, “All I Want for…

Dec 19, 2021When I was a kid, there were some popular, but not the best known, Christmas songs that were heard on many TV Christmas specials we watched between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of those songs was, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night,” and another was, “All I Want for…

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