Kids Want the Darnedest Things 

Seven East Bay kids offer a glimpse into the holiday mind.

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Do you think you're going to get all of these things for Christmas?

"Probably not, but I might get a couple."

What are your top items?

"Probably the two video games and clay."

Those are your main priorities?

"Those are my main priorities."

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Tony Richards, 7, Oakland

(Full disclosure: Tony Richards is my nephew.)

"I would like for Christmas, I really like Nintendo Switch games so I'll take Super Mario Odyssey, and also I'd like some LEGOs."

What kind? "I like Batman. I'm also very into baseball, so you should get me baseball stuff, and I'm also into electronics, so get me electronics if you want."

What kind of electronics?

"I'm kind of into iMacs and computers. And I'm also into buildings so building blocks. I'm also into slime."

Where do you get slime?

"I have no idea. I have two more things I want: I also want remote-controlled cars and those big cars that you can get inside and drive."

That's a lot of stuff. Do you think you're going to get all of that stuff for Christmas?

"Yes, I think so."

You think all of that is going to fit into Santa's sleigh?


Really? What if it doesn't? What if you could only ask for one thing?

"Top of the list is the iMacs, like the computer."

Do they even make iMacs anymore?

"I don't know. But I do like computers."

What would you do with it?

"I would basically type in my codes and do games and stuff. I can create my own games and play my own games."

What's one thing you definitely don't want for Christmas?

"Of course, baby toys."

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Taylor and Jayla Johnson, 11, Berkeley

Taylor: "I would like a teal KitchenAid mixer, baking supplies, fondant, gum paste, hm... what else? I think that's it."

Jayla: "This is what I'd like for Christmas: An iPhone 8 plus gold 256 gigabytes, Maverick gray slim-fit marled joggers, Jake Paul It's Everyday Bro Hoodie, Comfort Spaces: gray comforter and fake fur pink and cream pillow, and gray pillow slips, so a new bed set."

How did you decide you wanted these things?

Jayla: "For the iPhone, it's 2017 and I'm in middle school. I need a phone."

Taylor: "Can I add something to my Christmas list?"


Taylor: "I know it might be illegal to have these in California but I would like a go-kart."

Jayla: "I thought you were going to say hedgehog."

Taylor: "Oh yeah, and a hedgehog... I would name it Reggie."

Why do you want that?

Taylor: "'Cause they're cute, and I want to show that I'm responsible, and I have a love for hedgehogs."

Why do you love hedgehogs so much?

Taylor: "Oh! Because I know that they're endangered and since I lived in Atlanta, it was very woodsy ... I fell in love with animals. So, I like deer, and since we lived in the South I was okay being around bugs and being around animals because here it's like, 'Oh no, we don't do bugs, we don't do animals, we don't do mud.' But I do mud.... And I would love to protect hedgehogs because I know they're endangered. I remember I wrote a letter to the governor of California."

What'd you say?

Taylor: "I talked to him about this issue: We're not really allowed to buy hedgehogs here, but you can have one here, because of endangering issues because what if someone wants to drop them off in the wild? It's not safe because we have bobcats here. But I think we should form some sort of team that can rescue hedgehogs and care for them and find them good habitat where they won't get eaten."

Anything you want to add?

Jayla: "Yes. Also, there are YouTubers nowadays, vloggers, named Jake Paul and Logan Paul. There are two different groups of the YouTube channel thing. ... So, I would like to have merch because middle-school now, the trend is merchandise."

Taylor: "Like Liza Koshy and David Dobrik. They have a cute hoodie that I really want, it says 'Clickbait.' And then the Maverick hoodie, I want it bad."

Jayla: "It's in [Logan Paul's] music video, 'Help Me Help You.' You can also find his merch on"

Why is merch so big?

Jayla: "It shows your love for the YouTubers."

Taylor: "And giving them support basically."

Jayla: "It's a movement."

Taylor: "Yeah, it's a movement. Like the logangsters [Logan Paul's fans], Logan Paul basically wants you to not be afraid of going at it."

Jayla: "Being a maverick. Maverick Enterprise."

Taylor: "Basically doing what you want to do — well, without getting into trouble — trying to accomplish your goals, and if you have a dream, go for it and don't let anything stop you."


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