A Dad for Christmas

Christmas presents

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.  But a survey highlighted in The Telegraph of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead.

A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer.

A “pet horse” was the third most popular choice, with a “car” making a bizarre entry at number four.  But despite their material requests, the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list was a “Dad”.

The survey, of consumers at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, found children aged three to 12 years also wanted a dog, chocolate and a stick of rock.  Traditional hopes for a white Christmas were represented by a wish for “snow” in ninth place, with sensible youngsters also requesting a “house”.

Of the top 50 festive requests, 17 related to pets and animals, with some imaginative children hoping for a donkey, chicken and elephant.

iPhones and iPads also appeared on the list, with some quirky children asking for the moon, a time machine, a pond cover and beetroot. One child asked for Eva Longoria and another wanted Harry Styles from One Direction.

A request for a “mum” reached number 23 on the list.

Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:

  • South Africa’s Zuma in dog row: South Africa’s government seeks to clarify remarks by President Jacob Zuma, who angered dog lovers by reportedly saying pets were part of white culture.
  • Apple’s boss in massive pay cut: Tim Cook is to take home a salary that works out to 1% of the $378m (£235m) he received to be Apple’s boss last year.
  • US man admits dinosaur smuggling: A fossils dealer admits smuggling dinosaur bones into the US, including the skeleton of a 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar from Mongolia.
  • Wikipedia’s most searched revealed: Articles about Facebook, cul-de-sacs, adult video actresses, One Direction and the @ symbol are among some of 2012’s most clicked Wikipedia pages.
  • Kim and Kanye expecting baby: The rapper Kanye West and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian are expecting a baby.
  • Blood of Louis XVI ‘identified’: Scientists say an old dried out squash contains the blood of beheaded French King Louis XVI, and a genetic link with the mummified head of Henri IV.
  • Woman trapped in shop at new year: While most people celebrated New Year’s Eve with parties and fireworks one pensioner in France spent the night alone in a locked supermarket.
  • Author offers role to dog rescuer: US author Dennis Lehane, who wrote Shutter Island and Mystic River, pledges to name a new character after the person who returns his missing pet dog.
  • Kenya ‘fake police chief’ charged: A Kenyan man is charged after allegedly pretending to be an assistant commissioner of police for five years – during which time he reportedly sacked and recruited police officers.
  • China wedding boom on ‘lucky day’: Thousands of couples across China rush to marry on 4 January, because the Mandarin wording for the date sounds like a promise of eternal love.