Briggs Leopold has a lot on his mind this morning.
So does many of the other first-graders he spends a good chunk of his time with on Mondays through Fridays at Glandorf Elementary School.
On this Christmas Eve, they find themselves with the same worries about Santa Claus that concerned their parents and grandparents many years ago. They want to make sure that Santa is up for the big night, his sleigh is in good enough shape to handle the long trip, and just how does that naughty and nice list work.
Their teacher, Mrs. Osterhage, sent a stack of their letters to the North Pole. An elf at the North Pole Gazette shared them with The Lima News.
Briggs had a couple questions and a little bragging for Santa. “Is the sleigh all shined up,” he asked Santa. “Does Mrs. Claus make good cookies. Well, I know my Mom does.”
Katelyn Haselman wondered, “who wraps the presents” and Nolan Grime asked “how many kids got on the good list,” obviously figuring the more kids on the list, the better his chances are that he’s one of them.
The health of the fat man in the red suit concerned many of the first-graders, although they would never call him a fat man, or even a plump man.
“I hope you don’t get sick,” wrote Neeley Felkey.
“I hope your elves never get sick,” added Sydney Nienberg.
“I hope your reindeer do not get sick,” said Aria Tobe.
“Do you you ever get sick,” asked Parker Wilhelm.
Peyton Ellerbrock and Danny Foreman wondered if Santa had time to get his tree up, this being the most busiest season of the year.
“I hope you visit every house and give everyone their toys,” Peyton wrote.
Olivia Carpenter wondered, “Is your sleigh decorated.”
Emmett Karhoff is hoping there are Legos under his family’s tree on Christmas morning, and that Mom and Dad will share in the fun playing with them.
“Can I visit you and your reindeer at the North Pole,” Mara Kimmel asked.
“I wish I could come to your house,” Landon Kuhlman wrote.
Jenna Prasuhn wanted to know what Santa does for fun. She asked, “Have you ever caught a snowflake?”
Several had questions about the weather, and of course, Rudolph.
“Do you use Rudoph on cloudy days,” Madden Rjeman asked.
“Does Rudolph have a really shiny nose,” wondered Madelyn Stechschulte and Lucas Recker.
“Does his nose turn a different colors,” asked Connor Schimmoeller.
Ava Riepenhoff simply wanted to know, “When will Christmas be here.”
More to the point, Caroline Sarka asked: “How do you know where people’s houses are?”
ROSES AND THORNS: A love story that lasted more than seven decades is honored in the rose garden.
Rose: To the special marriage of Luther and Geneve Shetler, of Bluffton. They would have celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec 22. Unfortunately, Luther passed away at age 101½ a week earlier on Saturday, Dec. 15. Geneva is 99½. Luther was a retired mathematics professor at Bluffton College.
Rose:To the “Church ladies” — Barbara Ward, 73; Jean Foy, 71; and Marie Keys, 80, of Lima. They have more than 90 years of collective experience ministering to women locked up in the Allen County jail.
Rose: To Shawnee High School athletic director Dick Heath. He agreed to move the starting time of the Shawnee-Lima Central Catholic basketball game on Saturday to a noon start for the junior varsity. LCC coach and athletic director Frank Kill requested the early start so the basketball game would not conflict with Notre Dame’s 4 p.m. football playoff game (or should we say victory) against Clemson.
R0se: To Obie Mouser, a 1965 graduate of Lima Senior High School and longtime coach of many sports at Defiance High School. He recently was elected into the Ohio Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
Rose: All in fun, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office held its first doughnut eating contest to raise money for the United Way.
Rose: The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center will be adding 400 new jobs between now and mid-2020 that pay in the $20 per hour range.
PARTING SHOT: Have a Merry Christmas.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.