Oh, My Dear, Sweet FriedOkra Family,
Ho Ho Ho! What a year here on Feldin Road. Santa has enjoyed watching another year of your lives unfold, once again with so much love between and among you that it makes his toes curl up like elf shoes.
Bean, you are the prettiest, sweetest, smartest and funniest three-year-old on Santa's route, and Santa knows it's safe to tell you that because you're also very modest and humble. Santa loves the magical sparkle in your eyes and the merry dimples in your cheeks, and appreciates sincerely your wit, charm and infectious laugh.
Al, Santa watched you faithfully and good-heartedly hang in there in your old job, though times were tough, always doing what was in the best interest of your family, and then carefully but diligently and gracefully seek and find a new position that will not only make excellent use of your talents, but also bring you a bit more peace and satisfaction. Well done, young man.
Megan, Santa watched you spread your wings a bit as a wife and mother, as well as a friend and neighbor, and most surprisingly, a blogger! Santa is proud and happy to see you developing more confidence in yourself, taking on new challenges and practicing your skills as a writer.
You are all special people whom Santa loves very much, and Santa hopes you will spend the coming year together in peace, love and much happiness.
God loves you all, too, and He hears your prayers and welcomes with joy your gratitude and praise as well as your sadness, pain and needs. He is your Heavenly Father, your Creator, your Rock. Lean on Him, give Him your trust always - for He is the One who will never fail you. He is the one who sent Jesus, your Savior, whose birth we celebrate this holy season.
Merry Christmas to All,
Santa S. Claus
Added to the back of the envelope, apparently in haste:
"Santa heard he'll need to plan to fill one more stocking next year! HO HO HO! Congratulations to you all and a special Merry Christmas to Baby Peanut!"