By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
You know the holidays have arrived when the City of Dalhart staff starts decorating down town. On Monday, November 19, 2012, the lighted holiday wreaths were placed on the lamp posts on Denrock Avenue. Local businesses also have started adorning their windows with bright lights, Christmas trees and life size Santa’s. But, the one thing that set the stage that Old Saint Nick is on his way is when the Dalhart Texan places Santa’s mailbox in front of the newspaper.
Santa has contracted with the Texan again this year to handle all local mail. Children can place their letters and wish list in the box and Santa’s elves pick up the letters nightly. Santa has also given the Texan permission to print the letters from the children in the paper. The Texan will place the magical mailbox in front of the Texan on Friday, November 23. Children may begin mailing letters to Santa immediately and the first letters will be printed in the paper on Tuesday, December 4.
In addition, we will run the “What would Santa do?” contest again this year. The first question will appear in the Friday, November 30 edition of the Texan; children can write their answer on a piece of paper, including their name and phone number and submit their answer to the Texan. All entries will be placed in a collection can and the winner will be drawn on Wednesday, December 19. The winner will be called and they must pick up their $50 gift certificate by Thursday, December 20 at noon. The winner’s picture will appear in the Friday, December 21 edition, the last paper of 2012. Remember the more questions you answer the better chance you have of winning the prize. All answers will be printed in the Texan.