Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to everyone!

We've been busy at the North Pole this year, and the elves are busy assembling the last gifts for this year and the reindeer are ready, after months of training.

As for me, I've just finished checking my list twice, making sure I know who's been naughty and who's been nice. You would be surprised at some of the names on each list! But there are more nice than naughty this year and right now, Mrs. Claus and the elves are attaching an extra trailer to the back of my sleigh for all the extra presents. (They have warm cups of hot cocoa waiting for them inside, never fear!)

I update the naughty_nice_2008.xms file on my computer and with the help from my friends at the Hesperia Star, I have just finished inputting all the High Desert children into the spreadsheet. More children than ever e-mailed me at my Hesperia Star e-mail address this year, and helping Old Saint Nick with his list helped move a few of them from the Naughty column into the Nice one!

Here are some of my favorite e-mails from the High Desert this year:

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Dear Santa ...

I am writing you to tell you what I want for Christmas. I know you are not able to grant all the things that I want on my wish list but I was hoping that you could grant me a few. First my mom is getting ready to have a baby so if you could I would like it to come out a brother, since I already have a sister. Second I want a Nintendo Wii, and last I would like you to send me one of your elves. He can help my mom with stuff and make toys for me and teach me to make toys to help Santa.

Thank you for your time

Trent

P.S. I have been real good so I hope I am not on the naughty list!

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Dear santa, I hope your real. I found your e-mail adress in the newspaper. Don't tell anyone, but I'm one of the few who believe in you. Iv'e been trying SO hard not to be naughty, but I just can't help it. Whatever I think, has to come out. my cat also believes in you. For X-mas, I want a digital camra and a lot of money. Well, Santa Claus, I just hope this isn't a fake. Please e-mail me back. Sincerly, Alexandra

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Dear Santa

My name is Jonathan. I am nine years old. I have been trying to be a good boy all year. I have been doing much better in school. I have been focusing and trying to make the right choices. I am also writing this letter to you for my baby brother Joshua who is 4 years old and cannot write yet. Joshua also has tried to be a good boy at home and at school.

This year I would like

battlefield play set
action figure military play set
radio-controlled aircraft carrier
forward command post
action figure with hummer
urban military operations
bazooka with 2 headset walkie talkies

For my brother he would like

Indian motorcycle and motorcycle jacket
tin can alley
ping pong ball gun

we would both like to have the walkie talkie set and the night vision goggles so that we can play together. Thank you santa for letting me write to you. I understand that you might be very busy at this time of year and I understand that we may not get everything we ask for but we would be extremely happy if we could have just one off our list.

Thanks again and merry christmas
love jonathan and joshua

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santa would you like to give me a toy flying helicopter? Please!

Love
Mahesh

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Dear Santa,

Could you ask your elves if they can make a clone trooper helmet with 2 sides. One for the front and one for the back. And glue it on so it looks real, and You could not take it apart. my daddy says I take too many of my toys apart.

Could you also make a little doll for my cousin Alannah? Her mommy and daddy are over in Iraq and won't be home for Christmas. I want her to have something special. They had to miss her first birthday too but we had a party for her but they wernt able to see it on our computer. she is one.

Have a safe Christmas!

Tyler, age 7

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Hi Santa Claus! I saw the letter you wrote to all the children in Hesperia in the Hesperia Star so I wanted to write you back. My name is Caleb and I just turned 4 years old on Sunday.

I also saw you at the Christmas tree lighting in Hesperia. I wanted more than an hour to see you, but it was worth it!

I will be sure to leave out chocolate chip cookies since you told me at the Christmas tree lighting that those are your favorite.

Just as a reminder, I would like Hungry Hungry Hippos and a new soft teddy bear if you have room in your sleigh. I have been a very good boy all year long.

Hugs and kisses,
Caleb

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Dear Santa,

My name is Ariana. I am 6 years old. My brothers and sister are asking me to write a letter to you to let you know what we want for Christmas. We have been good this year My brother Ben is 5 years old and he wants Transformers for Christmas. My other brother Jacob and he is 3 years old. He wants cars for Christmas. My sister Cassidy is 4 years old and she wants a princess kitchen for Christmas. For Christmas I want Creepy Crawlers, Light Sketchers and a game boy. I hope you have a safe trip delivering toys to everybody. Merry Christmas.

Ariana

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Dear Santa,

My name is Billy. I am 8 yrs. old. And I live in Hesperia with my mom and my two little brothers. We have a pretty Christmas tree. We watch Christmas shows about you all the time. I would really like to have a D.S and some games for it. Santa if you can not bring me a D.S I would love to have a Polar Express movie. Polar Express is my favorite move.

Thank you Billy

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Dear Santa,

My name is Dakota, I am 5 yrs old I live in Hesperia with my mom and two brothers. I would love to have a lap top or a t.v. for christmas. And my own Christmas tree.

Thank you
Dakota

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Dear Santa,

My name is Peter, I am 6 yrs old and I live in Hesperia with my mom and my two brothers. I would love to get a shell shocker for Christmas. If you can not get me a shell shocker I would like to have a spy car,

Thank you
Peter

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Dear Santa, Merry Christmas!!

This year for Christmas, I would like some board games, new educational books, and maybe some black, pink, and white stuff for my brand new room, its pretty plain right now. I was going to ask you for a puppy but Jesus already brought one to me. I really hope you get this letter in time, because christmas is very soon! P.s. Tell the Elves I said HI!

love always: Allissa

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hi Santa

my name is Hailey and my sisters name is alexis. i have been good this year and so has she. is all my sister wants for christmas is elmo and i want a new game for my Nintendo ds. i justed wanted to let you know. thank you santa and merry christmas.

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my name Dayana Lopez my mom send tha letter for my this is my first time well my wish just dora cash register well my parents dont have money for toys this year we have financialproblem this year my granma pasaway and we spend tha money in funeral only my dad have job no my mom y have other two broter well 1one brother and oen sis his is 12 and her is 13 sorry for this and I wish merryxmas and cambak next year I have rady you cookis

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Dear Santa Claus,

I am not asking anything for Christmas because I know I times are hard on my mom with my stepdad going to die, so I just wish everyone a great Christmas and hope that the people who need it the most truly get their wish, I love my mom and that is enough for me.

Love, Amelia

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Dear Santa Claus,

My name is Joshua M. What I want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 that comes with Halo 3. And on regular Xbox I would like Halo I and II, Godlizza, and Dirt bike game. A Dirt Bike that has gas in it. And a new cord of my Nintendo 64. The new helicopter that has lasers that is invisible. Some Star Wars games on Xbox 360. and some Heallies shoes and remote control car and the one that that the spy-cam that you can see though a pair of spy glasses. And one of the kids size cars that I can drive around so I don't have to be in my mom's car. A skateboard too. Merry Christmas Santa and I hope your doing a very good job!

Thank you a lot, Joshua

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Dear Santa Claus,

Hi, my name Isaiah and I'm 4 years old. What I want for Christmas is chothes, shoes, and a romote control car from the Disney movie "Cars". And that's it.

Thank you, Isaiah

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Dear Santa,

I have been good all year. For Chistmas I would like: Ultamate Bumblebee (first item, I want it really bad), Naruto Ultamate Ninja 2 the game and Transformers the game. So I really hope you can do that.

your freind, Nick

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Mrs. Claus and the elves are coming in now and I have to go. There are some cookies I have to pull out of the oven to thank everyone for all their hard work. I got Mrs. Claus a week-long vacation for two in Maui and I can't wait to see her reaction when she opens the present on Christmas Day!

See you next year! Be good and stay on that nice list!

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