little girl writes letter to Santa


$4000 cash and 25 more over-the-top demands from this 10-Year-Old’s Christmas List

Nov 19, 2019

Ah, the holidays — they are a time for friends, family and the occasional sentimental gift if you're in the mood, have the money (or are willing to shoulder the debt) and a whole list of factors that vary from family to family. 

It's not just about presents after all! But kids do get excited about seeing a shiny, wrapped present under the tree from a man in red. And adults do, too. 

And to let people in your life know what you'd like this year — including Santa — a pretty common tradition is to make a list. 

In 2019, it's become clear, lists can be truly, truly outrageous. 

A mom who won't be entertaining any wild lists: I'm Not Here to Make Life Magical For My Kids

Before I get into a 10-year-old's 26-item list, which, I mean, is wild and hilarious and you can scroll past all these words to see it, I wanted to get a sense of how much is too much for a list. What is the item number threshold? 

I asked around the office, just to see what regional Canadian lists might look like, and one colleague said "I thought lists were just about asking Santa for one big gift." And another said "What happened to a list of 10?" A regular response I heard was, "It was more of a letter" and of those letters, they would include maybe two to three items. So, parents over the years have had a lot of different approaches to the Christmas letter or list. 

As for me, my parents would buy items with resale value and then sell them shortly after we opened them — sometimes weeks, sometimes months after — so they could fund their gambling addiction. Christmas Day was extremely performative and because of the here today-gone tomorrow nature of gifts for me, my lists usually featured a lot of impossible things I knew I'd never get, because writing it down made them feel a bit more real — so, in a way, I feel for this list. Shoot for the moon, baby. And she did: 

The list is simply titled "Christmas List" and it includes the following requests: 

  • iPhone 11 
  • Air pods
  • New Macbook Air
  • A real bunny
  • Hydroflask 
  • Clothes 
  • Makeup
  • Pink Pumas
  • Gucci slides
  • Chanel purse 
  • Perfume
  • 'Asenchal Oil' (Essential Oil, aw.)
  • American Girl doll car 
  • New shoes
  • Earrings/Jewellery
  • Checkered Vans
  • Go Pro 
  • Pink Duck Tap (Pink duct tape, aw.)
  • Glue, food colouring and laundry detergent (for slime)
  • Clothes for bunny (the real one — also, aw.)
  • $4,000 (lollllll)
  • lol doll camper
  • lol dolls/big sister
  • lol doll shalay (chalet, aw.)
  • New sheets and cover
  • Alarm clock (practical!)

Now, there is probably a lesson here in the problems with capitalism. And feel free to draw those conclusions if you wish or not. Does a 10-year-old need a Chanel purse? Probably not. What would a 10-year-old do with $4,000? I'm a little curious. Where do you buy clothes for a bunny? And would a bunny wear clothes? Do they make Gucci slides for kids? What is the complete value of this list? I'm going to guess more than I'm planning to spend this holiday season by several thousands of dollars. Like if I could spend $20 this season, that'd be amazing. 

At the end of the day, this 10-year-old is more likely to get an alarm clock than $4,000 in cash. But the tweet has been shared widely by more than 20,000 people and there are opinions, of course. 


Some people felt like a 10-year-old doesn't need things like perfume. And that they'd be better off getting outside. 

Small Items Only

Another strategy was to accept the list as is, but only get the attainable items. Hey, they are still on the list. 

She's Dreaming — Wake Up 

The alarm clock was cited a lot as the one thing to get because — lol — she must be dreaming if she thinks she's getting most of this list. 


People responded to how she didn't care about what anyone thinks and just asked for what she wanted. 

She's Manifesting

If you don't put it out there, how will people know what you want? That really resonated with people. 

Brands Intervened

Thinking it was a good opportunity to offer free stuff to this parent, brands started reaching out. Although not everyone was super happy about it. 

Kids throughout history have asked for ponies for Christmas, so the idea of going big isn't so surprising. But it's usually just a pony. Which is probably why this list has blown up in the way it has. 

What's on your kid's list this year? Does it rival hers? What would you do if you received a list like this? Let us know in the comments below!

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