December 7, 2014 | by The Kid
The Kid’s Eye: Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I bet things are crazy up there in the North Pole! We don’t give presents to all the kids of the world and it’s hectic down here. I think I’ve had a good year, but I guess you would be the one to know better. I’m hoping I have managed to stay on the good list even with my slip ups. I won’t go into detail about those, because I’m sure you have them documented and I don’t want to think about them. I will assure you that I will work hard to be better this year.

I know you’re a busy man and there are a ton of letters for you to get through so lets get down to business. With my work at Acts of Geek.com I have found that there are a lot of great things out there that I would like for Christmas and I’m hoping you can help me out. As you know I’m 7 years old (almost 8) and the center of my life right now is either school or screen time. I know people think too much screen time melts your brain, but its not true. It makes you sharp! So lets talk screen time!

MinecraftI would love Minecraft for the PC. I know I have Minecraft for the PS3 and iPad, but the version for the PC is EPIC! There are different mods for the PC which are not available for the others. I think this would take my Minecraft experience to the next level! I know Mom and Dad are not thrilled about losing access to our computer, but look at it this way they could play the PS3 more.

While we’re talking Minecraft I would really like a Minecraft sweatshirt! I’ve seen them on a couple websites and they would totally go with all my Minecraft t-shirts which I wear to school. I have a friend that has the Creeper ($49.99 at ThinkGeek.com) one with the hood, but I want the more classic Minecraft University one with the emblem on the back. There are also more sweatshirts at Jinx.com.

minecraft-lego-3Lets talk two of my favorite things: Minecraft and LEGO. Yup they did it (as you know) they made Minecraft LEGO play sets, which are so much cooler than their Micro World sets. I am hoping to see one or two of these under our tree this year! Asking for “The Mine” (#21118) would be way too much, but I would be happy with one of the smaller sets like “My First Night” (#21115), though the “Crafting Box” (#21116) is brilliant! If there is any way for you to let me know which ones you won’t be bringing me I can ask my Mom to put them on my list for family members to buy. That’s not cheating is it? The sets fall in a wide price range ($19.99 – $109.99) so that if someone doesn’t want to spend a lot they can pick up one of the smaller sets to start me off.

headsetEnough Minecraft (kind of), lets switch gears to video games. If possible I would love a Playstation headset for gaming. This would allow me to talk to other online gamers while I play games like Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. My Mom and Dad are somewhat okay with it, since I already chat with friends via Google Hangouts while playing. Again this is taking gaming to the next level. I’m not going to be playing games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare but I will be able to get into the games I do play more with friends online. Don’t worry Mom and Dad monitor my online time and all game play takes place in our living room. We got safety covered Santa! As for the headset, I’m good with a wired one, but if you’re feeling extra generous I would love  a wireless one. Please keep in mind we have a PS3 at this time so it needs to be compatible with that unless you’re planning on upgrading us (hint, hint)!

If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas for me, a Playstation Network Card would fit perfectly in my Batman Stocking. My mom would kill me if I didn’t ask for something to read! How about more of the Dragon Masters Series of books which I started reading. It’s a great series for young readers. Its about a kid that finds out he is a Dragon Master and how he trains with a Wizard and other Dragon Masters to become apart of the Kings Dragon Army. My Mom found it when she was looking for something to get me interested in reading which wasn’t the Captain Underpants or Magic Tree House.

inside-a-crate-trebuchetAnother great idea would be one of the new Kiwi Crate subscriptions. My Kid Sister and I loved our Kiwi Crate subscription, but now they have new ones for slightly older kids (ages 9-14+) called Tinker Crates. I know its a little old for me, but I think with my Mom or Dad’s help I could get into this. They have experiments,projects, blue prints and workbooks. Its another idea that would keep on giving after the holidays – something to look forward to each month.

I think I’ve done enough damage as my Mom would say! Thanks for helping make the holidays brighter for all us kids. We’ll make sure to leave you some rockin’ homemade cookies this year. Remember my presents go in the middle under the tree with the girls on either side. Don’t worry if you forget, Mom makes sure we all read the tags so there are no mistakes. Give my love to Mrs. Claus and tell the elves to keep up the good work – question do you ever hire non-elves? I’m thinking that this could be a possible job option in my future if you do! Anyway Merry Christmas Santa. Travel safe!

Love,

The Kid

The Kid is on the chasm of 2nd grade at an Art Magnet school. When he is not doing homework he survives zombie filled nights in Minecraft, helping Superheroes battle the forces of evil and making amazing creations with highly-sophisticated inter-locking brick systems. All that and he still manages to get to bed on time.

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