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Yesterday, I shared our idea for a 4-gift Christmas.   It is something they want, something they need, somewhere to go, something to read.   I love hearing what the kids want, what they are into and interested in.  I love hearing the games that they plan on playing once they get their “want”. 🙂

“Mom?  This year I think that I am going to take pictures of things that I want for Christmas, glue them onto a piece of paper and you can mail that to Santa, ok?”   Yep.  That’s the latest thing in the Mansfield house.   Now we are just sending pictures of what we want.   Haha!!

Everyone has something special on their list… and since Jack is now ten years old, he has become one of Santa’s special helpers, which works out perfectly since he can help Santa find a few surprises for our kids!

I can remember when I used to make my list for Santa, too.  I asked for those classics that I think we all had: Hasbro GloWorm, My Little Ponies (Allie has about 10 of these, so it’s nice that some things never lose their ‘cool factor’ for kids.)

Allie wants more ponies this year and a FurReal Friends Bootsie Pet.  I actually have a funny story about this.   I had Santa send some things to me from Toys “R” Us a little early, so I could put them up high in my closet and hide them well for Christmas morning. When you wave at it or tap her mouth with a treat, it makes fun expressions…. it even makes a “mad” face like this one:

A close up of a small stuffed animal.

I don’t want Santa to have to carry so much in one night, so we help out a little bit.   (Toys “R” Us is our go-to place because you can get everything you need from the FurReal Friends Bootsie Pet to the Duracell batteries that you will need in the four seconds after they open the toy.

Ps- the Duracell batteries are on sale from November 6 through November 12, so stock up!)  Anyway- when Jack was carrying the box upstairs for me (covered in a blanket), it “Meowed” at him.   He about jumped out of his slippers.  It was hilarious! He laughed for about 5 minutes… and so did I!

Ethan wants FurReal Friends, Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon (on sale 11/6-11/2 for $59.99, so that’s $20 off).  He has wanted this Dragon for about a year.   Not even kidding.  He keeps saving his money and asking “Do you think I have enough for Torch yet?”  The dragon will respond to touch with over 50 sound & motion combinations, so the kids just love them.   Plus, you feed him a color-changing treat and when you fill his tank with water, he breathes flame-colored mist.   He does some fun things when you touch his nose, too.    Yes, I really know all of this.  Like a said… it’s been a year in the making. 😉  If you get it, be sure to pick up Duracell 4 “C” batteries.

Beau was so cute this year.  He wants a two-dollar bill… and I’m pretty sure that Santa has one from when he was little!  😉
Beau will probably love playing with Torch, too.

Jack is getting older.   He wants a blue Kevin Durant jersey.  Since I have no idea who this is or what sport he plays, I’ll be leaving this one up to Santa for sure…. I hear Mrs. Clause isn’t so up to date on her sports.

All in all, I’d say it is going to be a fun Christmas morning in the Mansfield house.
PS- if you are working on your own list, remember to have Duracell batteries and a screwdriver handy on Christmas morning!

We actually get everything ready the night before: 


Now you can!  Simply leave me a comment below & let me know which one of MY kids’ lists match the closest to one of YOUR kids’ lists.    Just for fun!

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Your son Ethan’s list is closest to my grandsons list. He would love torch for Christmas for sure.
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  2. My son is 11 years old so I would have to say that your son Jack’s list would match my son’s list the most.

  3. My daughter saw the fur real kitty at the store and now wants one desperately as well!

  4. My daughter asked for FurReal Starlily the unicorn this year! He’s about the same price as that adorable Torch lol poor Santa & Mrs Claus! I love the picture letter to Santa idea! Adorable!

  5. id have to say jack my son is getting older and does want some items i never even heard of and he wanted a jersey also this year

  6. My niece would love Allie’s list! My niece loves ponies!! She would also like the FurReal kitten I believe.

  7. Such a fun giveaway! I would say the closest is Allie’s kitten to my daughter Ellie’s puppy. 🙂

  8. My daughter’s list resembles Ethan’s. I gave her the ToysRus catalogue and she circled many items.

  9. My son is saving his money for toys too. But man, oh man, I let him look at a Christmas catalogue to see what he may like and he liked everything…so I’m hoping that means we can’t go wrong 😉