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Making a List and Clicking it Twice

christmas tree By wolfsavard (Flickr)

It’s that time of year again! Although Christmas is meant to be a time to celebrate the birth (and life) of Jesus Christ, many of us cannot avoid the commercial aspects. Even in some of the most conservative families, children hear stories of Santa, and await the candy and toys that Christmas day brings.

In the past, families would have their children write down Christmas lists: which would, of course, assist Santa in getting the things that kids wanted most. And, although this works with most families, there are many families that live away from relatives, or want an easy way to track items. Sure, you can email them the list or make a phone call — but, technology will allow for lists to be saved, shared, and extremely precise.


Think of this like a wedding or birth registry. Using the Amazon mobile app, most devices will allow you to take pictures, and store them directly to your wish list. In this case, you could create a wish list for each child, and it will not only save it, but it will display item prices and make it extremely easy to get items in a specific range. Furthermore, once the item is purchased, it will no longer display on the list: disallowing someone from purchasing the same gift. (

Mobile pictures

Using the same above technique, you can use your mobile device or camera to let your kids take pictures of the items they want, store the pictures in an online repository (e.g. Facebook), and give access to your family, friends, and other interested parties.

Google docs

Although any spreadsheet would work, Google docs is easily shared, and can be updated with comments, suggestions, and the ability to check-off items. In this way, you can digitally duplicate the handwritten list, and quickly email the list.

Take a picture

For those of you who think this is too digital, and still want your children to make a handwritten list: take a picture of the list. Although this wouldn’t allow you to make changes to the list, you would have the ability to email the list, and have a record of one of your child’s most cherished moments (the letter to Santa).

All of these options are printable, therefore, they can be given to those who aren’t connected to the web. Furthermore, letters can be sent digitally to Santa! Here are are few sites of interest:

Still want your kids to write something heartfelt? How about a personal Christmas card or a thank you letter ( I’m sure these will go over better than a personal gimme list (of which, don’t get me wrong, I love things given to me, too!).

What about you? How do you share your children’s Christmas lists?