Kids do say the darndest things, especially when they’re only 3 and you ask them what they want for Christmas, then hand them some paper and a crayon.

Some think big — peace on earth. Some think smaller — an ice cream cone. And some want both.

And Mabel from Bayfield just wants Santa to know she's been good this year.

The Ashland Daily Press collected letters to Santa, gathered by local teachers and the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau when Santa was in town on the ferry. Please unwrap them with care, maybe with a plate of cookies and some cold milk.