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BEYOND THE HEADLINES: All I want for Christmas is...
Once again, Santa Claus is doing a final check of his list before heading out on his special flight.
Boys and girls from around the world have kept Santa and his elves busy at the North Pole, and while some of the requests are fairly straight forward, others are more creative.
And this year, Saint Nick has received several letters from the North Okanagan.
“A couple of weeks ago I asked Santa in the mall for an Olympic gold medal but he didn’t come through...LOL. So this year, I’d like to spend a lot of time with my wife and three kids and be forever grateful to them for supporting me while I chase my childhood dream.” - Jim Cotter, curler
“I hope for health and happiness for my family and friends, love and light, and plentiful piles of poutine — extra greasy — and hugs. I want hugs from everyone. Really though, I want for nothing, I have everything I need in my blessed life with an amazing person, incredible, inspiring children and a Roughrider Grey Cup victory.” — Brian Martin, Sun FM broadcaster
“NOYFSS will be asking Santa for support through donations to allow us to provide much needed groups such as our anti-bullying program which is in such high demand by the young people in our community.” - Jan Shumay, executive director of the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society
“My Christmas wish would be a new spray park for Enderby and some cozy slippers.” - Tundra Baird, Enderby councillor
“I hope Santa will bring a little more political co-operation and a little respect in Parliament.” - Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP
“I would like a unicorn, a Shake Weight and Archie comics.” - Eric Godard, Stanley Cup champion
“I would like Santa to bring our provincial and federal governments on side with our fight against zebra and quagga mussels.” - Juliette Cunningham, Vernon councillor
“I would like to be appointed to the Senate. Oh, hold on. Former broadcasters have already tarnished that image. So I’m happy with good health and the satisfaction of being part of this great area.” - Frank Martina, legendary Kiss FM broadcaster
“What I would like for Christmas this year is peace and prosperity in Lake Country and good will towards new neighbours in our community.” - Lisa Cameron, Lake Country councillor
“My big Christmas wish this year is for our Enderby and District Community Resource Centre to be open five days a week. The centre provides so much support, food and friendship to people, except we are only open two days a week. The community offers us so many resources and generous donations. Please Santa - let’s make this year special for more families, children, youth, seniors and individuals. Let everyone have visions of sugar plums dance in their heads.” - Sue Rossi, EDCR executive director
The great thing about Santa is he occasionally brings surprises, something not found on a list.
But no matter what you receive, may the peace and joy of the season be with you. From my house to your house, a very Merry Christmas.