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Remembering my wish list

I can’t believe Christmas is so close! At the Ennis Daily News, we have been getting in the spirit by typing letters to Santa from the boys and girls of Ennis. These letters will run in a special section in the Christmas Eve edition of the Ennis Daily News.
Reading and typing these letters has been quite an educational experience for me. I spent some time Googling names of toys mentioned in letters. I found out about Jump-O-Lenes, Puppy in my Pockets, PixOs, Magnetix, Spike the Ultra Dinosaur, Crash Up Speedway and Girl Crush Hair Extensions. Some of these toys are pretty cool. A Jump-O-Lene is more or less a safer version of a Trampoline. Spike the Ultra Dinosaur is a walking, blinking and growling remote-control toy dinosaur. Puppies in my Pockets are just really small toy dogs that I suppose you could put in your pocket. There are some toys that are very complex, others that are simple. Some toys have evolved over the years, and some have stayed the same. Examples of toys that have stayed the same are Lincoln Logs, Legos and Barbies. Aside from cosmetic improvements, these toys haven’t changed much since their introduction. An example of a toy that has evolved is the video game system. Since the Atari introduced the home console in 1975, video game systems have constantly been improved.
Many children asked for video game systems, such as the Playstation 3, X-Box 360 and Nintendo Wii. Some kids asked for refrigerators for their rooms, presumably so they can have refreshments within arm’s reach when they are playing video games.
Anyway, reading Santa Letters got me thinking about my own childhood Christmas wish list. The Christmas I remember the most was one in which I asked for a Sega Genesis, but received a Super Nintendo. I was 7, and this upset me greatly, because I really wanted to play Sonic the Hedgehog. I got over it when my mother told me Santa said the Super Nintendo was a better deal. It came with a game and two controllers. I guess if Santa had gotten me the Sega, I would’ve only gotten one controller and no games.
I soon forgot about the Sega, and my sister and I played our Super Nintendo day and night.
My favorite game was Mario Paint, but I also loved playing Super Mario World and Mario All-Stars. Mario wasn’t as cute and cuddly as Sonic the Hedgehog, but he still provided hours of entertainment.
Getting toys from Santa was such an amazing experience. Even if I didn’t get exactly what I asked for, I was happy. I think most kids are like this. Toys are different, but the feeling is still the same. No matter what toys Santa gives to children around the world, he always brings joy to their lives.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com

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