I talk all the time about the benefits of having traveling kids. There are many, to be sure- tolerance, confidence and self-reliance spring to mind. The best benefit traveling kids get- at least in my opinion- is a wider definition of the possible then their non-traveling friends.
Travel hacking kids have it times two as we show our kids ways and means to see the world that would normally be out of reach. Kids who sleep in castles are more likely to believe that dreams come true.
Which leads me to Santa and the awkward list. (If you’re a humbug feel free to stop here as I won’t have it. We are unapologetically a Santa friendly household- even if 13 year old Deal Kid appears to put air quotes around “Santa”.)
The Deal Kids are notorious for making Santa lists that are just more challenging and/or awkward than your average Target can handle. I’m not talking about Hatchimals level awkward- although Deal Kid is asking for an NES this year.
I’m talking awkward due to sheer randomness.
I blame the travel- more specifically the travel hacking. I’ve shown the Deal Kids that we can fly first class to Asia. That we can see Bastille Day fireworks from a suite higher than the Eiffel tower. That we can commune with Mayan priests, have tea on the Titanic or teach English to Japanese preschoolers. Why wouldn’t Santa be able to do anything? We can, can’t we?
I will say the Internet has made Santa’s job possible- but still not easy. Things like shipping costs and lack of ability to return amp the difficulty up way past your average wish list.
Past Deal Kid requests have included Vinylmation- via Disney World- and very specific types of Manga- a Japanese obsession. The only store Santa can reliably get Tees that pass Deal Kid muster is Uniqlo- also discovered in Tokyo.
Deal Girl is the gold standard of awkward Santa wishes- and she’s so earnest you don’t want to kill the magic. When Deal Girl was 4 she had asked for, I don’t remember, probably something Panda Bear related. That is, until Christmas Eve morning, when she decided upon waking she wanted to change her Santa request to “a flower game”.
“Deal Girl, Do you have a flower game in mind? Have you ever even seen a flower game?”
“No, but Santa can make one for me.”
And Santa did. On Christmas Eve.
This year Deal Girl has two requests of Santa- both directly related to her travels over the past year.
The first is a reversible rainbow sequin T-shirt like the one we bought over Spring Break in Gran Canaria. Any idea how rare reversible sequin T-shirts are? Pretty much the only company that makes them is Desigual, the store where we bought the shirt. Fortunately, they have a US presence and a few resellers on Amazon and eBay.
The second are Iwako erasers. If you looked up the term kawaii I’m sure you’d find a picture of Iwako erasers, tiny reproductions of food and animals that also clean up your pencil mistakes. Fortunately Santa found a way to purchase them wholesale. The profits from the erasers just might up for the egregious cost of the Desigual T-shirt!
Have your kids made things awkward for Santa? Was he able to come through in the end? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.
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