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Merry Christmas from Santa Claus, The Nelson Daily

By Contributor
December 23rd, 2016

Santa made a stop at The Nelson Daily office during his usual visit to the Heritage City before trekking back to the North Pole for some last minute present wrapping before the big day.

During his brief layover atThe Nelson Daily, Editorial staff caught up with Kris Kringle to ask him to pen a few thoughts for our readers.

HO, HO, HO and a Merry Christmas to everyone in the Kootenays.

I have to say that I was really happy to see and visit with some of my most favourite people during my pre-Christmas visits to the Kootenays and enjoyed all the many wonderful and heartfelt welcomes — especially to those Syrian refugee kids who were lucky enough to land in Nelson.

Did you know that those kids waited until all of the other children from Nelson had their visit with Santa before coming up to meet Mrs. Claus and I at the Hall Street Plaza during the Nelson Business Association parade earlier this month?

I had visited the children before on my many visits to their homeland, but this was the first time the children and I had got to meet them in person. What a wonderful time we had kibitzingand talking about their trip from their homeland to Nelson.

Looking at the news of late, with all the turmoil in the world, it sure is nice to visit the Kootenays, with all of its beautiful scenery and watching all of the outdoor activities, festivals, shows and markets that were all alive with the warming spirit of the season. 

Even if we don’t agree with all the decisions being made locally by out esteemed leaders, or the Trumpeting coming out of the good old U.S. of A, we somehow have to join hands to work together.

Like the two students from L.V. Rogers — Alyssa Taburiaux and Linn Murray— who just returned from Ottawa where they tried to twist a few politician’s arms to address one of the most pressing issues the world has ever faced — Climate Change.

 It’s nice to see the youth of our society taking a hands-on approach in an attempt to fix the global problem we’ve all had a hand in creating.

I do want to ask people to take a more positive approach during this festive time, like supporting the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, and Nelson Food Cupboard drive.

I know no matter what the obstacles, we can overcome them together.  
Also Aria, Riley, Caden, Grayson, Layla, Carter, Aubrey, Ethan, Madison and the Syrian children, who all braved the cold during my visit to Hall Street Plaza, thank you for being extra amazing throughout the year and I will do my best to answer those requests for presents under the tree.
To everyone else, from Santa and those good people at The Nelson Daily who helped me during my stay, have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year.

Which just happens to begin January 1 with the popular New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip, now hosted by the Kootenay Co-op Radio.

I’ll be watching those many brave swimmers who start their New Year off with a cool plunge into Kootenay Lake.

HO, HO, HO!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

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