What children want for Christmas: a Dad

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 survery 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.

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

Children Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Toy Stories is an incredible new photo series from Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti that shows children from around the world posing with their favourite possessions. Over a period of 18 months, Galimberti travelled across the globe, meeting children, playing with them and asking them to choose their favourite toys.

A few interesting anthropological notes: he said that children in poorer countries found sharing their toys easier, and were quicker to play.  Also, as you’ll see, economic status factors heavily into what toys children prefer to play with. You’ve got to see this …

Children with toys