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Question #31117 posted on 12/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where did Christmas lists come from?


A: Dear MarKer,


Okay, fine. I assume that by "Christmas Lists", you mean lists of items people would enjoy receiving for Christmas. Really, it's quite simple. When I give someone a gift, I always want to be sure that the recipient will appreciate it. As children in many families receive multiple presents on Christmas, it can be even more difficult to come up with good ideas.

So, I'm guessing that somewhere in time, a desperate mother said to her child, "Child, what would you like Santa to bring you for Christmas?" And said child probably came back with a list of good ideas, so the next year Mrs. Desperate asked Child for another list. And thus was born a tradition.

Since a Christmas list is a pretty materialistic phenomenon, you don't find them much in less-affluent areas. Likewise, in cultures where Christmas is not as garishly celebrated, Christmas lists are pretty much nonexistent.