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There’s no arguing that it’s a sad time for the US economy. Consumer confidence is down, unemployment is up, the real estate market is in a shambles, and the federal deficit is growing faster than a bamboo shoot on steroids.
But apparently, kids across the country didn’t get the memo. It seems the little rascals have been working diligently to draft holiday wish lists that totals hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Gone are the days when a $20 princess dress perched under the tree was enough to elicit youthful elation. This year, a recent Duracell Toy Report found that kids everywhere are hoping Santa’s sack is filled with trinkets both expensive and electronic, and preferably made by Steve Jobs -- not some block-carving elf.
Apple dominated the top three spots on the combined wish list, with an iPhone being the most coveted of all, followed closely by the iPod Touch and iPad. The rest of the lineup featured gadgety goods ranging from a Flip video camera to a Barbie ... video game.
I was about to get all indignant and launch into a rant about “kids today” -- What a spoiled bunch of brats! Don’t they know that we're in a financial crisis? -- when I had a little flashback to my own childhood wish list. If memory serves, I asked for a pony several years in a row. And long before I could even drive, I’m pretty sure I asked for a convertible. My theory, of course, was that while I knew with 100 percent certainty that my parents weren’t about to fork over money for these things, there was a tiny, remote chance that Santa might. He never did, of course, and because I wasn’t surprised, I wasn’t (too) disappointed.
I’m going to assume that today's grandiose wish lists are just that -- hopeful fantasies of loot most children are unlikely to get. Because if your kids unwrap half of Best Buy and mine score some Smencils and a few new pairs of underpants, I’m never going to hear the end of it.
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