Esther Kim, 9, meets Santa Claus at the Hope Library Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Esther Kim, 9, meets Santa Claus at the Hope Library Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Hope’s Letters to Santa a hit year after year

Kids ranging in age from newborn to pre-teens lined up to meet the man in red and white at the Hope Library Dec. 8

Some letters were detailed, some were sparse. Lincoln Van Reeuwyk’s letter just read “Dear Santa, I want cars.”

Whatever form the letters took and however long the wish lists were, the letters written at the annual Letters to Santa event at the Hope Library went straight into a mailbag held by the man in red himself. The Dec. 8 event was well-attended with kids ranging in age from newborn to pre-teens, who lined up for a moment to talk with Santa Claus.


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Pasquale Pascucci sets the musical stage at the annual Letters to Santa event at the Hope Library, with a festive top hat to boot. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Pasquale Pascucci sets the musical stage at the annual Letters to Santa event at the Hope Library, with a festive top hat to boot. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Festive music at the annual Letters to Santa event at the Hope Library. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Festive music at the annual Letters to Santa event at the Hope Library. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Isla Van Reeuwyk, right, gets some guidance on her letter to Santa from Marianne Brueckert. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Isla Van Reeuwyk, right, gets some guidance on her letter to Santa from Marianne Brueckert. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Eight-year-old Deacon McHalsie gets a one-on-one with Santa Claus, just in time for Christmas. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Eight-year-old Deacon McHalsie gets a one-on-one with Santa Claus, just in time for Christmas. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

A Santa high five may be one of the best kinds of high fives out there. Pictured with the man in red is Deacon McHalsie, right, at the Hope Library Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

A Santa high five may be one of the best kinds of high fives out there. Pictured with the man in red is Deacon McHalsie, right, at the Hope Library Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard