Dear Santa,

I apologize for getting this to you so late, but things have been a little difficult this year. Everyone has struggled in so many different ways in 2020, but we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines that just became available. Although this is wonderful news to boost our spirits, we could still be in for several very challenging months before we begin to feel some relief.

During this past year, I just never knew what the stores would run out of next. I think we have resolved the whole toilet paper situation; but there are still some items that I am going to need you to bring me for Christmas to help me hang in there until spring.

1. Patience. Santa, I possessed a pretty good supply of this at the start of the year; but it has been seriously depleted. If you could bring me a big economy-sized package, that would be much appreciated.

2. Empathy. Everyone’s situation is different, and they walked a unique path to arrive at where they are today. I want to be able to remember this whenever I am interacting with other people.

3. Gratitude. I want to remember to be grateful for what I have right here and now… not delay it for some ambiguous point in the future when things are “back to normal.” I need to be able to find joy in the smallest of things and to be happy in the moment.

4. Kindness. I have always heard that a little bit of kindness goes a long way; so I promise to make good use of this.

5. Flexibility. Santa, I hope you have plenty of this in your bag since I have been burning through this stuff at an alarming rate. I would appreciate any that you can spare.

6. Patience. Yes, I already mentioned this; but I didn’t want you to overlook this one. It is kind of important!

I know that a lot of people are asking you for many things right now, so I am going to end my list here. This should be everything I need to get me through the foreseeable future.

I don’t want my requests to take up too much room in your bag, but, Santa, I just thought of one more thing. If you have any name brand paper towels stashed somewhere in your workshop, I wouldn’t mind if you tossed a roll or two in your sleigh…

I want to wish you safe travels; and Santa, it would probably be a good idea for you to check with James Spann before you head out over Alabama. I will make sure to set out some cookies for you and some carrots for the reindeer. Thanks in advance, and I’ll be in touch next year.

Barbara Andersen
Executive Director
Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce