What are kids asking for this Christmas? Letters to Santa provide some clues. – Daily American Online

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of kids in the United States send their letters to the North Pole in the hopes that Saint Nick will wrap up their heart’s desires in a big bow.
Video games, phones and virtual reality headsets are on many kids’ Christmas letters to Santa Claus this year. But what happens to little Ethan or Oscar’s carefully crafted Christmas catalog?
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Since the beginning of USPS Operation Santa in 1912, the postal service has been delivering letters to Santa Claus.
Kids can write Santa’s address on any envelope: 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.
Beginning in 1940, the letters have been available to the public for charitable citizens to give Santa a little help.
Since 2017, the letters have been published online for all to see and adopt.
As of Monday, nearly 15,000 letters have been adopted online.
Families sending letters must include their full return address, wish list, sizes, favorite color and age.
Letters are accepted by the USPS until Dec. 19.
Packages must be dropped off at a post office by Dec. 18 to make it in time for Christmas Day, but the final deadline is Jan. 14. Letters remain on the USPS website until Dec. 23.
“USPS Operation Santa relies solely on random acts of kindness and the generosity of strangers,” USPS Senior Public Relations Manager Kim Frum said.
“The ultimate reward for everyone involved is the knowledge that someone’s life is a little better because you were able to help.”
All letters sent to Santa will be opened by “Santa’s Elves” and have the last name, address and other personal information removed.
The Wellersburg District Fire Department is also to be collecting letters to Santa from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Firefighters are then to deliver the letters to Santa so he can respond to the kids.
The fire department is also hosting a chicken fry both of those days at the same time, and Santa is scheduled to pay a visit to the fire hall at noon Dec. 12.
Chief Zach Sloane said the program is something fun for the junior firefighters to do and participate in the community.
He added that cards and envelopes are to be available at the fire hall for kids to fill out.
For many kids, such as Oscar, Madison and Linkin, a virtual reality headset is their top wish list item.
Most are asking for video games, phones, computers and consoles this year.
Ethan said in his letter that he wants a “Honus Wagner bat card and Honus Wagner signed baseball.”
Carson said he would like a gaming computer set, a PlayStation 5, a Titans jersey and even a bunny.
And Madison even asked Santa for “a real baby sister” this year.
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Every year, hundreds of thousands of kids in the United States send their letters to the North Pole in the hopes that Saint Nick will wrap up their heart’s desires in a big bow.Video games, phones and virtual reality headsets are on many kids’ Christmas letters to Santa Claus this year. But what happens to…

Every year, hundreds of thousands of kids in the United States send their letters to the North Pole in the hopes that Saint Nick will wrap up their heart’s desires in a big bow.Video games, phones and virtual reality headsets are on many kids’ Christmas letters to Santa Claus this year. But what happens to…

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