Weird Gifts

Santa has received some weird requests for gifts on some of the lists and each time reluctantly Santa delivers them and to his surprise it is exactly what they wanted. That sounds weird right! Well let me explain, when I see a new vacuum for a 5-year-old or a gift card for Nordstrom’s for an 8-year-old boy or a craftsman tool set for 4-year-old twins then I Santa knows to ask a few additional questions and usually find out that someone a little older added that to the children’s list.

But kids request the “darndest things”. Last year the Santa Project visited one of the families from Kaiser and the 7-year-old girl (we will call her Shay) asked for the normal things, a bike, barbie doll house with Barbies etc. but she also wanted a microscope, wait a microscope, she’s only 7. Her 6-year-old brother (we will call him Dave) of course wanted a horse, super heroes, lots of Legos and a telescope, no, really a telescope! Now Santa was skeptical, so Santa picked up his phone and called the parents and the mom adamantly stated that is what they wanted, a telescope and a microscope. Normally I would leave them for under the tree, but curiosity got the better of me. During the Santa visit we let each member of the family open two or three gifts each. The rest of the gifts along with the Christmas stockings and the large Santa gift are left with the parents or relatives to be put out on Christmas Eve/morning.  On this delivery Santa decided the kids would open the telescope and the Microscope at the same time during the visit.

Santa arrives, and the kids are out of their minds excited to the point that I am laughing just watching them both telling Santa what they want at the same time, you see on home deliveries I get to be a big Elf for Santa, so I get to sit back and watch the magic happen. Dave opens an action hero and a Lego set and looks happy, but his enthusiasm seems to have dissipated as did Shay’s when she opened her barbie and a tea set. Don’t get me wrong they liked the first gifts but there was a little bit of exuberance missing that was there when we arrived. Mom and dad opened their gifts and were very thankful that we even thought about them. The kids were happy, and grandma and dad and mom were happy also. Just before we were going to take pictures Santa realized he had two gifts left in his bag and pulled them out. Both kids knew exactly what the gifts were and before they even opened them Shay looked at her mom and said “I knew Santa was real and he knows what we want”. With that they opened the telescope and the microscope and Shay explained that when she got older, she wanted to go to school and become a scientist, and Dave, well he just smiled the biggest smile I personally have ever seen.  Hugs and photos and off we went on our merry way.

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