Last year Palmer wrote in his letter to Santa that he wanted a snowman and a new friend. Awww.... cutest request ever, right? This year when I asked him what he wanted he said, "Money." What? Where did that come from? The kid has never even had, let alone used a single dollar bill in his life. How did our little man go from adorable, sweet innocence to the no-frills/no-magic teenage take on Christmas gift giving in just one year?
Thankfully, his request has changed a few times, mostly depending on what he is currently focused on at any given store, i.e. a marshmallow gun, or a popcorn tin. And when the actual big moment came, as Palmer found himself on Santa's lap, and Santa asked, "And what would you like for Christmas, little boy?" Palmer replied... "A candy cane." Santa replied, "Well, that's easy," and the wish was instantly granted by jolly Kris Kringle. Brody, seeing Palmer's success, followed with the same request. The boys were very happy with their candy canes that evening.
Hopefully when Christmas Day comes, they will be just as happy with all the gifts Santa brings. I have a suspicion that we might even find some "money," a.k.a. chocolate coins then as well.