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Wish List

… or is Melissa’s really a Little Sister For Sale sign? Needless to say, she won’t get THAT wish!  The Lump of coal or two, that mommy added for her on the other hand….


And speaking of wish lists, Greg’s group at work has always adopted a family for the holidays in recent years, but this year, no one organized anything, so on Friday evening we headed to our local Wal-Mart to take a look at their tree and adopt a needy child for the holidays.  I have to say that I was shocked at what I saw. MOST of the items on every single wish list were big ticket items like iPods, video game consoles, cameras, etc. One was for a 7-year-old boy who was asking for a digital camera, digital camcorder, PS2, and I forget what else. A SEVEN year-old?? I would expect to see half the toy department listed, like cars/trucks, legos, books, etc., maybe a video game cartridge. NOT electronics! Needy children? Needy for what?? Or is it greedy parents, who hope that someone else will buy their child all those expensive things they ask for? Not being able to afford these things does not make you needy!! Your parents being unable (or unwilling) to buy yu these things does not make you needy!! 
We walked away from this tree (that we now call the greedy tree) but knew that there was another tree at the other entrance. We checked it out after we did our shopping and I wished we were able to afford to pick every single ornament from that tree… and there were soo many of them left!  There was a 5-year-old girl who loves Barbies and was asking for learning toys and books (she was learning English)….  a 3-month-old, who was asking for a car seat or bouncer…. a 17-year-old boy who wanted a Ross gift card…. or a 1-year-old boy with a red wagon as the only thing on his list.  We chose a 5-year-old girl who is asking for The Night Before Christmas book, pants, shirts, pretty hair things and a Magna Doodle.
THESE are the truly needy children, and I hope that more people walk away from the greedy tree and choose an ornament from the needy tree instead.

And here is one of my favorite Christmas songs:

9 responses

  1. plainmama

    WOW, that’s definitely a parent prompting the kid to ask for pricier stuff. I mean look at Melissa’s list, a Wii is the last thing and there’s a lot of other things on there. I hope everyone chooses the needy tree too.

    7. December, 2008 at 07:33

  2. Cheryl

    We have done various donations/gifts for needy children over the years as well…. and so do my parents. Same thing happened this year to my dad.. he went to the lobby in his building to pick a name and was appalled at what some were asking for. What happened to needed a winter coat or clothes…true necessities? But what amazes me more is that the company running the thing, whether it be Salvation Army or whomever, allows this to happen..what happened to their guidelines? I am so glad that you found the “needy” tree….

    7. December, 2008 at 07:59

  3. Cheryl

    and lol about Melissa’s list… but I have to agree…I think Sara is staying, sorry Melissa! Love this pic too… the bells are too cute!

    7. December, 2008 at 08:00

  4. doreen3boys

    Oh no you’re not, you are not making me push that play button, I’ve done enough crying over the last several days, lol!
    I agree that was the greedy tree but I also feel like society today has created this. Today’s kids are spoiled rotten, get everything they want. I think these kids are no different than many others who ask for these things………the difference is they don’t have them b/c their paents can’t afford it, kwim? Maybe alot of these kds really do believe in Santa and think that anything is possible. I don’t know, it just makes me sad what kids think they need to be happy. I’m so glad you were able to find a girl to sponsor. I gave Buddy that bobby decker story and he can’t find anyone in his school to pick. He says that majority of kids have designer clothes. I jokingly said we might be getting some xmas donations based on what you wear to school, lol!

    So, what’s Melissa’s take on Santa? Will all their wishes come true?

    7. December, 2008 at 09:18

  5. Did you push the play button? SUCH a sweet song!

    Doreen, I agree that society probably has a lot to do with it, and a lot of kids these days are just spoiled rotten. BUT, if these were really, truly needy children, why do their parents let them put those expensive things on the list? The thing is, it’s not just the one expensive one, THAT I could understand, but almost the entire list (5-6 items) is like that, and if you choose one of these ornaments, you’re expected to buy “only three items”. Right! I couldn’t afford to buy three of those items for my own kids. And if MY kids even remotely qualified to have their name on one of those trees, I would never ever let them put anything like that on their list! I just don’t think that’s right. I’d like to believe that the parents would guide their kids towards more reasonable gifts, if they really didn’t have the money to spend on a nice Christmas.
    Strangely enough, when we went back to Wal-Mart today, the greedy tree was gone, and they had two needy trees up. Made me happy to see that.

    Melissa’s take on Santa? She knows that mom & dad are Santa, and thankfully doesn’t ruin it for Sara. And no, not all their wishes will come true. I doubt the Wii is going to happen, but she IS going to get a cell phone. She’s been begging for one for over a year now, and I think she just didn’t add it to her list because she doesn’t think she’s going to get one. The iPod? She probably won’t get that either (only because she hasn’t really been into music. She has a radio in her room and almost never has it on). But you never know, we may be able to find a cheaper mp3 player and get her an iPod later.

    7. December, 2008 at 12:22

  6. doreen3boys

    Yup, you’re right, the parents are to blame. I think it’s the sense of entitlement by everyone that makes me angry.

    I wanted to give some advice about the mp3 player vs. the ipod. We went that route with Buddy……….I think it was a sandisk mp3…… never worked right. And you have to use the assigned website for the one you buy. For this mp3 player, there was a monthly fee in addition to the songs you had to buy. It was a huge waste of money. We got him an ipod the next year and it was soooooooooo much better… can only use itunes with an ipod but way more user friendly, no monthly fee, etc. Of course,ipods are more expensive but worth it over all. You can get some really good deals on older models. Plus, the kids know the difference between an ipod/mp3…….I know my nephew, last year, wasn’t into music but he had to have an ipod, not an mp3 player. Just wanted to let you know our experience, wish we would’ve went straight to the ipod.

    7. December, 2008 at 15:41

  7. THANK YOU, Doreen! That’s good to know! I had no idea that you had to use a certain website… and a monthly fee?? No, thanks!!
    I already use iTunes for music downloads…. but I doubt Melissa would know the difference between an iPod and mp3 player 😉

    7. December, 2008 at 15:46

  8. Aww, that song is so sweet and sad.

    I’m glad to here walmart took down the greedy tree!!!

    7. December, 2008 at 18:26

  9. LOL My two daughters probably wished for the same as Milissa but never put it on paper. There will be a day when she will miss Sara. Of course, she’ll never believe that now. 🙂

    8. December, 2008 at 10:05

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