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Kyle Troutman: ‘Twas printed before Christmas
’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the newsroom,
Typing hands were a’clatter with Santa wishes to zoom through.
Each year we ask second-graders their wishes for toys,
And most of them tell us they were good girls and boys.
There are 338 letters we will deliver this year,
And we hope they bring parents and Santa Claus cheer.
Each year there are gifts most children would like,
Popular choices are Barbies, nerf guns and bikes.
Among the young lasses, LoL Dolls are the rage,
And for the lads, it’s things like hoverboards or a 22 gauge.
Some can get ambitious with their Christmas gift asks,
One kiddo this year even wished for 10,000,000 cash!
Nintendos and Xboxes would also be big scores.
Some kids say they deserve them, because they do all their chores.
Another popular request is for the new Playstation 5,
Though some asked for 3s or 4s, so the numbers don’t jive.
Many wish for iPads and iPhones and tablets and more,
But we hope parents relieve Santa and buy those at the store.
Not all families can afford to award such high-tech gadgets,
So please consider the “from” and keep equal all Santa’s magic.
Puppies and kittens are perennial gifts in demand,
But this year one boy asked for a hedgehog in his hand.
Most children say they have been good, but some will be stressin’
One wee girl this year wrote, ‘I was noty but I larn my lesn.’
Some children are generous, making sibling requests this winter,
Others say they deserve their requests, as they are nice to their sisters.
Almost all kids that age are full of intense, burning questions,
Like, how do you deliver the world’s gifts, and all in one session?
Where do you make your toys? Is Rudolph real and can he fly?
How can you eat all those cookies, and how do your reindeer stay in the sky?
A lot of children were thankful for Santa sending their home an elf,
Though they have questioned the magic that sits them upon the shelf.
The letters are quite fun for us to read and transcribe,
Though some give us heavy hearts when we have to describe.
A few kids’ requests indicate some difficult times.
Without fail they come every year, an unfortunate paradigm.
Can you get mom and dad back together, or bring my parents money?
My doggo is lost or has died, so can you get me a new puppy?
We at the paper hope all the second-graders’ wishes will come true
though we realize some may be much harder than others to do.
We hope you take some time to read the letters from our kids,
And we hope Santa drops by with gifts when they shut their eyelids.
The best part of Christmas is the spirit of giving,
And we hope your holidays are rewarding and fulfilling.
As the 25th fast approaches, an exciting morning is in sight,
So Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Kyle Troutman has served as the editor of The Cassville Democrat since 2014. In 2017, he was named William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist for daily newspapers. He may be reached at 417-847-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.