For 11-year-old Braxton Knight of Haw River, it’s not enough to get presents from Santa Claus during this strange, unprecedented year of 2020. He wants to make sure that Santa doesn’t catch COVID-19.
The fifth grader at Haw River Elementary School wanted to make sure that Santa and his reindeer are being safe as they make their way across the world on Christmas Eve night to deliver presents to all the children. So he wrote a letter asking Santa to please be safe, and follow COVID-19 protocols to avoid catching the dreaded coronavirus. Knight’s letter to Santa is below:
This year Christmas is going to be a little different because of the coronavirus so we need you to be safe. We don’t want you to get sick this year when you get on your sleigh to deliver all the presents. We have some ideas of ways to keep you healthy and safe, that we want to share:
First, you should wear a mask over your mouth and nose. Because of the coronavirus, some people have it and if you don’t wear a mask you might catch their germs when you go into their house. They might have sneezed or coughed onto their couch, and you don’t want to catch it.
Second, you should wear gloves. A lot of people might sit on their couch if they are sick and sometimes you put presents there. You don’t want to touch their couch and catch their germs.
Third, always keep some hand sanitizer in your Santa suit. If you need to take your gloves off for any reason, then make sure to clean your hands. This will kill any germs that you might have touched.
Fourth, you should wash your sled. Sometimes germs can get on you from the air, and you go near a lot of people’s chimneys. You don’t want to breathe those germs or spread them to the people.
Fifth, bring some lysol with you to spray your sled and presents. This way you can get rid of any germs that you might pass through on your journey.
Sixth, the reindeer probably need masks too. There were some animals who got the coronavirus, and you need all of your reindeer to be healthy so they can help you fly.
Seventh, all of the elves should wear masks while they are in your workshop. When people are close together, sometimes they can spread the coronavirus. It’s important to be safe and try to spread out while they work.
Last, make sure you don’t go anywhere for a couple weeks before Christmas. Staying home is the best way to avoid catching the coronavirus. After you travel on Christmas Eve, you should probably stay home again for a while too, to make sure you don’t get anyone else sick.
We have all been following these rules since the spring, when the coronavirus first came here. They have helped us, so we want to help you. We will leave your milk, cookies, and snacks for the reindeer in containers so they are protected from the germs. We can’t wait to see you on Christmas!
Kids in America
(Written by Braxton Knight, age 11)