With Thanksgiving behind, many kids are making their Christmas gift wish-list and checking it twice and an Omaha family is making sure those lists wind up in the right hands.
Marci Lewis and her family live in Southwest Omaha. This year the family started a new Christmas tradition to put a mailbox on their front lawn for kids to drop off letters to Santa Clause.
"We talked about it and I just thought it was really cool. I just thought it was an awesome thing. Like when I was a kid, I would've loved to have been able to put my Santa letters in a special place for him," said Lewis.
She said her three kids used to write to Santa for years, making it a fun family pastime during the holidays. Now that her kids are older, she said the mailbox will be a new fun activity for her family.
"That was something that my kids did every year and Santa would respond back to them and that was one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time was to write letters to Santa," added Lewis.
She and her family put up the mailbox at their home near 168th and Giles Road with hopes that other kids in the Omaha metro will drop off their letters to Santa.
The family plans to respond to each letter individually with a letter from Santa as long as envelopes have a return address. The Lewis's purchased stamps and cards to make sure each kid gets a personal response.
"It just melts your heart. It brightens your day. It's amazing. So it's kind of a warm fuzzy type of thing and little kids tend to say the darndest things," said Lewis.
The family welcomes families to drop off letters at their home. Their address is 16521 Heather St. near 168th and Giles Rd. The families urge families to drop letters off by December 20 if they want Santa to write back.