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'Tis the season to write the big man
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It’s Santa letter time. Both McMinnville Post Office and the Southern Standard, your source for local news, will be accepting those. Pictured is Abram Jefferson sending his letter to Santa Claus. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The history of children writing letters to Santa Claus is as mystical as the man himself. The tradition continues annually. 

McMinnville Post Office is once again accepting Santa letters in its special Santa Claus mailbox placed in the front lobby. Children can send a letter and receive a response, as long as they are received in time by St. Nick.

“Letters with return addresses receive letters back from Santa,” said McMinnville postmaster Brent Nunley. “Our Santa letter box will be out until about Dec. 23. After that, Santa will be too busy to respond to letters.”

The Southern Standard is once again accepting letters to Santa. Those received will be printed in the paper and forwarded on to “the jolly old elf” with “a little round belly.” 

Abram Jefferson, 4, is participating in the tradition for the second year. 

“I want a tractor,” he said. 

When asked what he’d do with a farm tractor, he clarified that he wants a toy version because he’s too small for a real one.

“My feet can’t reach the pedals,” said Abram, gesturing with his hands the size of toy he wants. “I want a tractor with a remote. I’d play with it.”

The newspaper is currently accepting Letters to Santa. They can be dropped off, emailed to, or mailed to Letters to Santa, P.O. Box 150, McMinnville, TN 37111.

The deadline to assure publication is Dec. 15. While a deadline must be set, the Standard will make every attempt to publish all letters received. Please include first and last name.