Take this 7-year-old girl’s Christmas list for instance.
Gone are the days where you looked forward to Christmas as the time of the year when you could spend time with your family and friends. You prepared a good meal, decorated the house, bought presents for your loved ones and if you had kids you would dress up as Santa and hide their presents. It used to be a humble and happy time of the year and everyone looked forward to spending quality time with their families. But the only thing today’s kids can think about is what fancy present they're getting this year. It’s sad to see that the modern Christmas spirit has become confined to gift purchasing and receiving. But it wasn't always that way.This 7-year-old made sure not to leave anything out of this seemingly endless list. She asked for the latest "American Girl" doll, something magical but small that can turn into anything she wants, 1000 bucks, a glowing canape, a scooter and what not. But a light up razor? What would a seven year old want a razor for?
Her dad had grown frustrated trying to figure out what his daughter meant by "a little thing that can turn into anything at anytime".
Here’s what he had to say about his daughter’s alleged Christmas list. “What am I, Galactus? Do you understand the catastrophic universal implications of possessing a shape-shifting, time-travelling device? You cannot be trusted with this at age 7. If such a thing existed and were affordable, I wouldn’t have children. There’s a reason that we have the laws of physics in place. And you expect this thing to be portable as well? You cannot have this!"
Now let’s go back a a century to see what a kid’s Christmas list looked like back then.
It reads: “Dear Santa Claus, Will you please send me a box of paints, also a nine cent reader, and a school bag to put them in. And if you have any nuts, or candy, or toys to spare, would you kindly send me some. And you will please a seven-year-old boy. Signed Homer Mellen”.
When you put both of these lists together, you can see how time has changed the needs and desires of children.
Homer Mellen’s list is an epitome of simplicity and humility. Take a moment to appreciate how well the list is written by a seven-year-old boy. It's an indication of how well educated the boy is. You'll notice the difference in both of these lists. Homer here has tried to cast a good first impression on Santa because of what parents used to tell their kids back then. They told them that you had to be respectful to Santa, because if Santa thinks you’re a good kid, he’ll bring you the presents you wrote down on your Christmas list. It encouraged children to be well mannered and humble. But over the years, kids are becoming more and more materialistic and there is no sense of modesty or kindness in them. They just want their gifts and that’s it!