All I want for X'mas is...how the times have changed!

All I want for X'mas is...how the times have changed!

Where I grew up (New Delhi, India) there was no Christmas and no writing wish lists for Christmas.  You got money on Diwali (the Indian festival of lights) if your parents were feeling extra-generous, and that was it.  My 15 year-old daughter, on the other hand, makes over-the-top wish lists (a new computer, a new car) taking it for granted that we're going to have that stuff for her at Christmas time or at any time for that matter.  I love you sweetheart, but you're not getting that Audi! I'm not alone in having to engage in the futile endeavor of managing my child's expectations. 7 yr old girl's X'mas list

A 7 year-old girl who's Christmas wish list went viral, asked for, among other things: 1) New American Girl Doll of the Year 2014: Yes, the money-minded brains behind American Girl Doll company roll out a brand-new doll every year, just in time for X'mas.  And yes, thank you for asking, it's a limited edition only.  Gotta love capitalist America!

2) A little thing that can turn into anything at anytime: That's pretty cool.  I wouldn't mind having one of those either!

3) A black, light blue, green, purple and pink North Faces : 5 Northface jackets! Those cost $100 apiece.  Just goes to show how clueless kids are...

4) An IPOD touch:Understandable request—all your friends have it and God forbid, you should be the only  Neanderthal without it.

and, hold your breath...5) A 1000 bucks: Woopie doopie doo!  A little greedy...maybe??

No wonder the Huffington Post says a new study found, today it costs more than $1400 to fill an average child's X'mas wish list completely.

Wasn't always like this...A letter written to Santa in 1915 is going viral 98 years later!  In it, 7 year-old Homer Mellon asked Santa for a box of paints, a nine-cent reader and a school bag.  Toys and candy were a modest afterthought.

"And if you have any nuts, or candy, or toys to spare, would you kindly send me some," Homer went on to politely ask.

Simpler times...definitely!

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