MUNROE FALLS: Keeping the belief in Santa alive is not something that only happens in the movies. It also happens in Munroe Falls.
The city of Munroe Falls launched its Letters to Santa program in hopes of igniting holiday spirit in the community.
As part of a new tradition in Munroe Falls, children were able to mail letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole by dropping their letters off in the red mailbox in front of City Hall, 43 Munroe Falls Ave.
Children were instructed to leave a self-addressed, stamped envelope if they wished to receive a letter back from Santa. Letters will be collected through today.
Deputy Clerk Kris Simmons worked as a special messenger to Santa and reminded him to respond to all their letters.
The best part of being Santa’s messenger was getting to read the letters, Simmons said.
“I have two stepsons but I don’t have any of my own," Simmons said. "So whatever they do, I think is awesome.”
Simmons said she was really touched by a letter from a boy named Joshua.
Joshua, 9, asked Santa for a football with a stand and also asked Santa to remember to get his cousin Carolyn a Justin Bieber “Believe” CD.
He also said that his Grandma Doris was good and that Santa should get her something.
“I’m sure you don’t have time to write back because you got to tell your elves to make toys and tell Rudolph to guide your sleigh on Christmas Eve,” Joshua said.
Joshua said that his aunt is coming from Missouri to spend the holiday with him.
“I hope she doesn’t get there when you do,” he said in his letter. “She might spoil Christmas.”
Joshua seemed very concerned about spoiling Christmas.
“Me and my cousin Carolyn spoiled Christmas one time,” he said in his letter. “We went downstairs and opened presents. We couldn’t wait till my mom got up and she was mad at us.”
Simmons said that Joshua’s letter brought a smile to her face and made her laugh.
“Even though I laughed when Joshua said he ruined Christmas, I wanted to tell him that you could never spoil Christmas. That is not possible,” Simmons said.
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