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Santa sees more sensible keiki

Bernadette Axelrod Bernadette Axelrod
Ella Axelrod Ella Axelrod

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU- (KHNL) It's down to just days until Hawaii's keiki gets the big visit from Kris Kringle. But Santa says his gift list is looking a little different this year.

Understanding their family's budgets are strapped, children are becoming more cost-conscious with their Christmas wishes. Whether it's shortened gift lists or opting for less expensive items, they too are feeling the effects of a bad economy this season.

Santa's making his list and checking it twice, but he says what's surprising is how family financial worries are affecting wish lists.

"What would you like for Christmas?," asked Santa.

"Toys," said a boy.

"Hi honey," said Santa.

"A Wii," said a boy.

"You're ok pal," said Santa.

"Baseball bat," said a boy.

"I want world peace Santa," said a boy.

I'll put those on the list ok?," said Santa.

For the crowds of children at Pearlridge Center, the theme of the season is being sensible.

"I see a lot less selfishness, the children asking for smaller less expensive presents. They've come together as a family asking for less," said Santa.

Bernadette Axelrod's daughters Ella and Melissa are the children down-sizing their lists this year.

"Instead of a laundry list of five or six things, it's one," said Parent Bernadette Axelrod.

Children old enough to understand finances think family first and this year, that means being frugal.

" I start off with a list and level it down to what's better and easy for my family to afford," said 11-year-old Ella Axelrod.

"It's not what you want, it's what you need. How many things do you really really need that you want, it's not the same list," said Bernadette Axelrod.

Families scaling back or maybe the kids really do understand. Santa's sack of presents may look slimmer, with even the youngest members pitching in to get through the yule tide in these tough times.

Whether it's a job for their parents, or presents for their siblings, Santa says kids are showing a lot more concern for others this year.

He says no matter what age, its proof that the Christmas Spirit is alive.

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