Making a list

Send us your letters to Santa for publication Christmas eve

NORTH POLE — Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to the next major holiday on the calendar — Christmas!

And this year, like in years past, The Sentinel wants to help everyone get in the holiday spirit as well as assist area children with making sure the one and only Kris Kringle gets those letters with all those Christmas wishes.

That’s why we’ll again be publishing our yearly collection of “Letters to Santa” which will be included with our Dec. 24 edition.

Many local elementary school teachers annually opt to have children in their classes participate, but if your child’s teacher is not among those and your child wishes to join in the fun, feel free to send us his or her letter.

Letters can be dropped off at The Sentinel’s office at the corner of Sixth Street and Summit Drive in the Pleasant Acres neighborhood (near Mifflin County Junior High School). There is a box in the lobby for use during regular business hours (8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each Monday through Friday). After-hours letters can be dropped off using the mail slot at the bottom of the door facing Summit Drive.

Letters, clearly marked for Santa Claus, can also be mailed to 352 Sixth St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or emailed to Santa’s own personal email account at The Sentinel, Letters sent via email can be typed in the body of the message.

Letters will be accepted through Dec. 16. That will give our staff enough time to make sure all those important messages get delivered to Santa’s village at the North Pole.

Electronic copies in the .doc, .docx or .rtf formats are preferred, but paper copies will be accepted as well.

And to make sure that nothing gets lost in translation to Santa, we will not edit the children’s letters (after all, Santa knows what the children are trying to tell him). We will simply type the letters to allow for publication in the newspaper.

This is annually among our favorite projects during the year and, especially when it comes to anything related to Christmas, the more the merrier!

Anyone who has a question regarding the Letters to Santa publication can contact Santa’s head elf and assistant managing editor at The Sentinel, Brian Cox at or 248-6741, ext. 117.