December 09, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
“All I Want for Christmas” becomes a reality on the brand-new, original special DEAR SANTA, premiering Friday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The unscripted holiday hour features heartwarming stories of children whose letters to Santa will be answered.
The U.S. Postal Service teams up with Hilary Duff, Clay Aiken and Raven Symone to share the kids’ dramatic stories and to fulfill their holiday wishes, including those of a girl who wants to make the holidays special for needy children, a young boy who dreams of a safe place to skate, a little girl who hopes her dad will come home for the holidays from his military duties abroad and a girl who wants to further her education.
The little girl that hopes that her father will come home from Iraq for Christmas is Anika Jones, and Clay Aiken performs for military families as part of answering her letter to Santa. An album is also being produced in conjunction with the special, which will include both original Christmas songs and four of the top ten most-played Christmas classics of all time. American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon is among the stars featured on the CD.