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Dear Santa

Dec 10, 2017 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

Santa Claus was one of our first subscribers. And this is the time year he really notices what's in the paper.

An enduring newspaper tradition in Fremont County is our annual Christmas Greetings Edition, which includes hundreds of letters to Santa Claus written by local children.

It's time to start writing those letters.

As longtime subscriber, Santa looks forward to our Christmas Greetings Edition every year. We happen to know that Santa wants to see as many local letters in that edition as possible. To get that done, it takes planning, coordination, and cooperation from letter writers and their families.

There are several ways to get Santa letters into our hands so that we can get them in time for our Christmas Greetings Edition, which this year is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 22.

Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, we are getting our Sunday paper ready earlier than normal, and it will be produced on Friday. That's the day the Christmas edition will be in the paper as well.

Here is how to get your letter to Santa in a timely fashion:

1. If you have a Santa letter ready to go, you can drop it off at The Ranger newspaper office at 421 E. Main in downtown Riverton, or at the Lander Journal newspaper office at 332 Main in downtown Lander. One of the helpful elves on the newspaper staff will get it typed up for publication so the edition can be send to the North Pole for Santa to see. The sooner we get your letter, the better.

2. Letters to Santa Claus also can be mailed. Here are a couple of address:

Santa Claus, in care of The Ranger, P.O. Box 993, Riverton, WY 82501; or

Santa Claus, in care of the Lander Journal, 332 Main, Lander, WY 82520.

3. Also, Santa is ready to receive letters via e-mail. That e-mail address is santaletters@wyoming.com.

We know that elementary schools often do Santa letters as a class project this time of year. If it's possible to do them sooner rather than later, both we and Santa will appreciate it. Getting 10 envelopes of letters the day before the edition is published is tough on the elf typists.

The calendar makes our deadline a bit earlier this year. We would like to have all Santa letters and had no later than noon Wednesday, December 20. We will do our best to accommodate stragglers, but this deadline would make it much easier for us.

The Christmas Greetings Edition itself goes to press on Friday afternoon, Dec. 22. We are taking Christmas weekend off, and we won't publish again until Tuesday, December 26. That's too late to run a Santa letter.

Receiving, typing and publishing letters to Santa Claus from local kids is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of the Christmas season for your local newspaper. It also is demanding, and we ask everyone's help in meeting -- or beating -- our deadlines.

We would hate for any child's letter to be left out, because we know how many families look forward to that special edition and looking for their family member's letter published inside.

Also, we encourage local schools to participate again in the Christmas art contest that we sponsor. There are small cash prizes offered, along with recognition in print. Plus, dozens of these creative pieces of student art are included in the Christmas Greetings Edition, even if they weren't contest prize winners.

So, get busy writing and drawing. More than any other special edition we do, reader contributions comprise the bulk of our Christmas Greetings paper.

Santa wants to hear from you, so let's not disappoint him.

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