Ho, ho, ho! It's Santa Claus, taking out a moment from our busy schedule here at the North Pole to write to all the children in Hesperia. It was nice to see so many of you at the Christmas tree lighting again this year.


Our deadline is approaching soon, but before December 24, I need to check my list one last time, and maybe you can help.


Santa has an Internet connection at the North Pole, and my elves and I have been receive e-mails from around the world, from many different Web sites and e-mail addresses. This year, Hesperia kids can again e-mail me through my santaclaus@hesperiastar.com address. Not every child has been good for goodness' sake, but we like to hear from both the naughty and the nice.


To make sure we get lots of letters from boys and girls, Santa will be giving away three gift certificates on the week of December 17. Make sure to write Santa with a working e-mail address so he can write back to you if his elf pulls your name out of his hat.


Santa isn't always able to grant every Christmas wish, as much as he might want to, but the elves always do their best.


Merry Christmas and happy holidays, whichever ones you celebrate!


Santa Claus can be reached at santaclaus@hesperiastar.com.