To the editor:

I have returned safely to the North Pole to make my final preparations for my trek on Christmas Eve.

I would like to thank the artisans, vendors, Gustine Chamber of Commerce, moms, dads and children of all ages for the gracious greeting you gave me Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration.

I would also like to thank the police for keeping us safe and the volunteer firefighters who drove hundreds around the city in the fire trucks and for delivering me safely to Mrs. Claus at the parade.

The Chamber of Commerce made it all possible and did a great job!

So long for now....I will see all on Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas, and thanks again!

Ho! Ho! Ho!