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CHRISTMAS IN SWEDEN
Swedish kids ask Santa for pets and phones

Swedish kids ask Santa for pets and phones

Published: 16 Dec 2011 12:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Dec 2011 12:00 GMT+01:00

“For many children, a Christmas wish list is the first letter they ever write and I can see that many have made a great effort to send a nice letter to Santa”, says Anette Eriksson, spokeswoman for Posten in a statement.

Every year, more than 100,000 letters pass through the post office on its way to Santa Claus, and the post office places special mail boxes for children around the country where they can post their letters to Santa.

All letters are read by post office staff and every child enclosing his or her address in the letter will receive a gift from Santa.

Post office little helpers annually pick a random mix of 1000 letters to find out what the most popular items on the wish lists are for that year.

When the Swedish post office released its annual rating of things most asked for in letters to Santa Claus for 2011 on Thursday, TV-and-computer games still topped the list, closely followed by a pet.

Another favourite amongst children this year is a mobile phone, which is a newcomer on the list.

The list also indicated that children are indeed very aware of different trademarks at an early age. This year’s most popular brands are Lego, Nintendo, Barbie and Star Wars.

When it comes to phones, a third of the children who asked for a mobile specified an iPhone as their favourite.

Many children also asked St. Nick to bring them a pet of their very own. However, few were specific about what type of pet they were after.

Those who do have a preference generally want a dog. A hamster somewhat surprisingly beat a cat, closely followed by a rabbit or a guinea pig.

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Your comments about this article

13:06 December 16, 2011 by spo10
Kids sure know that iPhone is the must-have in this generation. :)
13:20 December 16, 2011 by byke
Is this a sign of social isolation and desperation being seen by what children seek?

Pet (best friend?)

iPhone (to try and communicate withe people who could be friends)

Video games. (longing to belong with others who play this)
13:54 December 16, 2011 by Grindsprint
@byke Is that why people have cell phones and pets? What a weird thought...
14:05 December 16, 2011 by byke
If children are now seeking such comfort, one must ask what causes it.

Over the past 20 odd years we have seen a dramatic change in children's upbringing in Sweden allong with hours spent away from parents.

I am not saying that is the cause, but if there is an issue ......
14:23 December 16, 2011 by Atlas
My friend asked Santa for brain :D
15:36 December 16, 2011 by Vill
All I want for Christmas is to meet Lilla Lovis. She seems fun.
15:45 December 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
I wanna pet hedgehog.
16:15 December 16, 2011 by danielatrujillo
i think this is an interesting project that will contribute to social-historical identity and timeline. and where does the posten get the money to send the children gifts? if all 100,000 included their addresses what happens? and is there a cut off date? I feel like though this article pointed out something fun and unique about Sverige, there isn't enough information.
18:30 December 16, 2011 by zircon
What do I want for Christmas this year? Hm, let me see... The green lantern or The Beaver? Personally I think I've behaved very well this year too and deserve some reward from Santa. Oh, and my wife is now a reformed character. After much debate... For a pet I would want a goose. Make that two geese. I know this only applies to children requests, but at Christmas everybody is a child waiting... Yours Sincerely, SIYO,
05:56 December 18, 2011 by Lotec
The iPhone just made the top 5 list when young people choose a phone in our store. It is topped by Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson.

Then comes iPhone and followed by Motorola and others.

iPhone is more for older people. ..senior citisent, coming from a feature phone and want a smart phone because everybody have one. If they can't handle the iPhone there is only DORO next lol.

We have also almost stopped selling the iPad2 since the iPad3 comes in just a few month. The suppliers of parts for the iPad3 have begun to send parts to Foxconn that makes the iPads for Apple. They will make one with a smaller screen too in the end of 2012.
11:34 December 19, 2011 by Watchtower777
My granddaughter wrote Santa asking for a plane ticket to Sweden to visit me! Oh and for world peace, at age 11.. that indeed was a miracle!
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