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I imagined the kids I know asking for iPads or iPhones for Christmas, or some kind of toy like these dinosaurs from my childhood (okay, they’re only toys from the 90s) that will never see the light of day again. But I was surprised to see that “a Dad” was the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list according to 2,000 British parents surveyed at a couple of Westfield shopping centers. Of course this wish was nestled in among the ever-so-popular requests of “the moon,” “a pondcover,” and “Eva Longoria.”

While it is neither an extensive nor a very formal survey, it does make me wonder how cultural developments will leave the next generation wishing for more.

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