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Letters to Santa deadline is set

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The old saying goes there is nothing you can count on except death and taxes.

Let’s add The Shelbyville News publishing letters to Santa Claus from local youth as a certainty.

The clamoring started before Thanksgiving to those overachievers ready to submit a wish list to the North Pole. The only answer I could give was, “Yes, The Shelbyville News will be printing those letters again.” But the deadline was still being determined for publication. 

Following a staff meeting of the minds Wednesday, the deadline can finally be announced – and that means letters can “officially” be accepted.

All letters to Santa must be at The Shelbyville News by Dec. 12. That allows our staff plenty of time to get them ready for publication and then ship them to the North Pole so Santa can read them in time to finalize his delivery schedule.

There are two ways to submit the letters. The first is to bring the letter to The Shelbyville News at 123 E. Washington St. in downtown Shelbyville. The second is to email the letter to shelbynews@shelbynews.com with the words “Dear Santa” in the subject line. 

Each brief letter to Santa should include the child’s name, age and hometown.

The Shelbyville News will present the Letters to Santa in a different format this year. There will not be a special section produced that includes all the letters.

The Letters to Santa will now run within the daily publication starting on Dec. 18. A special page is being created that will contain a set of letters. That page will run on consecutive days starting Dec. 18 until all the letters have been published.

So if you do not see your child’s letter on the first day of publication, do not panic. There will be multiple days of letters published depending on the total number of letters received. Last year, that was over 130 – a number that seems a little low to me. 

Surely, we can test the limits of publication by netting 200 Santa letters. Tell all your friends to submit – there is no charge. And the keepsake it creates is amazing.

I know my letters were published back in the late 1970s and early 1980s – and now I am in charge of getting them published four-plus decades later. 

The same can be said for many more influential and well-known people in this community, who took part in the annual tradition with help from their families. 

Don’t procrastinate. The deadline is set and must be followed strictly.

Grab a pen and paper today and start writing. Or fire up the computer and start typing.

The deadline is only 12 days away.