What children want for Christmas: a Dad

Christmas presents

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.  But a survey highlighted in The Telegraph of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead.

A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer.

A “pet horse” was the third most popular choice, with a “car” making a bizarre entry at number four.  But despite their material requests, the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list was a “Dad”.

The survey, of consumers at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, found children aged three to 12 years also wanted a dog, chocolate and a stick of rock.  Traditional hopes for a white Christmas were represented by a wish for “snow” in ninth place, with sensible youngsters also requesting a “house”.

Of the top 50 festive requests, 17 related to pets and animals, with some imaginative children hoping for a donkey, chicken and elephant.

iPhones and iPads also appeared on the list, with some quirky children asking for the moon, a time machine, a pond cover and beetroot. One child asked for Eva Longoria and another wanted Harry Styles from One Direction.

A request for a “mum” reached number 23 on the list.

Brilliant father of the bride invites stepdad to help walk daughter down the aisle

Todd Bachman was ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. He also knew he couldn’t do it alone.

Bachman stopped daughter Brittany Peck’s wedding processional Saturday to request the presence of another crucial figure in Brittany’s life — her stepdad.

Father of the Bride

Bachman and Peck’s stepdad Todd Cendrosky have both played vital roles in Peck’s upbringing since she was 11 years old — so vital, in fact, that Brittany wasn’t sure who should walk her down the aisle.

Two weeks before the wedding, Peck was torn. “She called me and said ‘Dad, something’s bothering me,'” Bachman told the Chronicle-Telegram in Lorain County, Ohio.  Read more here.