WTF do I get a 5yo who has requested a pigeon for xmas

(116 Posts)
AngelsLieToKeepControl Thu 03-Oct-13 16:20:19

As per the title really.

She is obsessed with pigeons, she won't be persuaded with a budgie or any other type of bird.

She wrote a letter to Santa and hid it under her pillow, basically begging him for a pigeon but saying not to tell me because I won't let her have one sad

If anyone has any bright ideas I will be eternally grateful.

SugarHut Thu 03-Oct-13 16:33:14

Scroll down to the pigeon bit, £30 one off payment. And you can explain that it IS her pigeon but is being looked after by the best people possible and she can go and visit, but that they can not be kept at home...or something like that.

SugarHut Thu 03-Oct-13 16:34:56

Or...the letter could be from Santa, saying that he can't bring one to live in the house, so he's put one especially for her in the perfect place where it can live happily with it's pigeon friends? Blame Santa ;)

nickelbabe Thu 03-Oct-13 16:35:51

oooh, that's fab Sugar

I know a toy pigeon is not the same, but there is this or this .

Could Santa write to her and explain he can't give living things as gifts?

ProfYaffle Thu 03-Oct-13 16:36:56

I'm so pleased to see this, my 6yo has been after a pigeon for a while! Fortunately she's happy with the budgie we got instead.

nickelbabe Thu 03-Oct-13 16:38:22
nickelbabe Thu 03-Oct-13 16:42:05
AngelsLieToKeepControl Thu 03-Oct-13 16:48:06

Thank you so much flowers

I will do all of the above, sponsor a pigeon, the place isn't too far from us either so we could visit , write a letter from Santa, she will probably listen to him rather than me, and buy her a toy one.

Hopefully that will be enough to distract her from trying to kidnap the poor things and take them home. I'm so glad she isn't the only one who is pigeon obsessed too.

wine to you all.

Sturdy birdy game here

We have it and the kids love playing.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Thu 03-Oct-13 17:09:08

Thanks Doris I'll add that to the list too.

Who knew there were so many pigeon things, all I could find were books. Hopefully if I distract her with all these toys she might not notice we don't have a real one grin

TheCuntingPigeon Thu 03-Oct-13 17:10:24

Coo. smile

Longtallsally Thu 03-Oct-13 17:12:22

spose you could get Santa in real trouble if he delivered something like this , couldn't you? It is the best thing to do with pigeon!!

You could always serve her a warm pigeon breast salad for her tea wink

JuliaScurr Thu 03-Oct-13 17:15:20
AtiaoftheJulii Thu 03-Oct-13 17:17:39

Have you got the film Valiant?

LazyMonkeyButler Thu 03-Oct-13 17:18:43

Wow, I thought DS1 was 'unusual' in his gift requests, but even he has never asked for a pigeon grin.

He did ask for an "apple picker" when he was 5 though. That was a bit of a challenge.

Don't you know that Santa NEVER brings live animals - it's far too cold on the sleigh and just not safe for them to be - what if they wriggled and fell off!??!! Plus, the kitties would frighten the little animals and the puppies would frighten the kitties! ;)

Worked for us for the last umpteen years.

EnlightenedOwl Thu 03-Oct-13 17:21:54

Aw I think you should get her a pigeon!
meet purdy the pigeon!

Purdy is an Indoor Pigeon


No1 son when about 3 asked Santa for a lamp. Santa looked a bit puzzled and said "oh like Aladdin's lamp, a magic one?"

Cue No1 son with a look of total disdain "Nooo, a reading lamp like they have in Argos!" grin

My DB, aged 4, asked for coathangers once. When interviewed by a journalist. It made the front page of the local paper, with the headline 'all I want for Christmas is...'. DM was mortified that all the neighbours would think us so poor that all he wanted was to be able to have crumple-free clothes...

Ha Ha coathangers!!

When my twin nephews were small, my SIL looked at one twins list and saw that he wanted a pair of white gloves.......all became clear when she read the other boys list and saw he wanted a snooker table.....

Barbeasty Fri 04-Oct-13 08:22:12

DD would like a pet monkey, a pet lion, a real magic wand and a broomstick which really flies. She'd also like a red car to drive herself to school next year.

We are working with items from much further down her list, and DD is learning a valuable lesson for a 3yr old that Father Christmas can't bring everything you want.

sashh Fri 04-Oct-13 08:34:29

Santa doesn't ever bring live animals/birds.

lemontwist Fri 04-Oct-13 08:42:11

Aww I want to adopt Purdy! My two cats might have something to say about that though...

HenriettaPye Fri 04-Oct-13 09:46:59

You r lucky it's only a pigeon, DS decided he wants either a bison or a mammoth. hmm

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 04-Oct-13 09:48:48

Wow, thanks for all the ideas.

Purdy is just adorable, but I really do not fancy having a real live pigeon flying about, although the recipe looks delicious..... so maybe grin

Valiant is a brilliant idea, I totally forgot about that film.

She only ever usually asks Santa for surprises, it isn't very often she actually asks for something, and her letter was so sweet and heartfelt I really want to do my best to make this Christmas as pigeony as possible for her. I'll write a letter from Santa explaining he can't bring real live animals but he got her some pigeon things instead and she can go and see her adopted pigeon soon.

CuntingPigeon if you are free on christmas eve maybe you could solve all my problems and sit under my tree cooing grin

Thank you so much for all the ideas flowers

DD wants an axolotl.

tshirtsuntan Fri 04-Oct-13 10:00:11

I love that she wants a pigeon...fab! So far my 4 year old wants a breathing machine,a banana machine and a gun with red bullets...whaaat..!

t-shirt, the last one is easy....nerf gun smile

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Fri 04-Oct-13 10:47:31

That is so brilliant! Please update as to how you get on with your pigeony christmas grin

DS is 2 and thinks FC is going to bring him a Land Rover. We're going to have a disappointed face on Christmas morning I fear hmm

FunnyRunner Fri 04-Oct-13 10:51:31

Lovely thread smile Sugarhut and Doris fab suggestions wine

WaitMonkey Fri 04-Oct-13 11:10:22

This thread is brilliant. Love the pigeon and coathangers. grin FunkyPigeon do brilliant cuddly pigeons. I'd get him one of them, and adopt a real one I'd also spout the stuff about FC not being able to bring you real animals. He sounds great.

Hawkmoth Fri 04-Oct-13 11:11:52

Diamond Doves. But not for Christmas, obviously. They are such lovely, and stupid pets.

WaitMonkey Fri 04-Oct-13 11:11:56

Sorry. she. blush

Leopoldina Fri 04-Oct-13 11:12:55

if you lot can help me out on a "pair of ice skates that shoot sweets out of them" I'd be v grateful.

nickelbabe Fri 04-Oct-13 11:23:27


nickelbabe Fri 04-Oct-13 11:55:56
Mogz Fri 04-Oct-13 11:58:51

Aww, your DD sounds super sweet. And I think the suggestions of an adopted pigeon are just perfect.
Animal adoptions got me out of a sticky spot when, for his birthday, an ex-mindee of mine was adamant that he wanted a shark to live in the bath tub! Cue a sea world shark adoption pack and a large plastic shark bath toy, phew!

lookingforbaubles Fri 04-Oct-13 12:03:57

dd3 very much wants john barrowman hmm

she has the life size cardboard cut out but its not the same she says, it scares everyone who walks into her room

we have lonnnng talks about it not being on to give real live people as gifts --shes not convinced im right!

JesusInTheCabbageVan Fri 04-Oct-13 12:21:19

Tell her I'M getting John Barrowman so she can't.

<Returns to stakeout>

Dad wants her very own church. We are not even religious and last time she was in church was a funeral. confused

Dad is DD obviously

ceebie Fri 04-Oct-13 13:52:07

My boss wanted coals last year. Seriously. I guess that's pretty easy really, he just had to be very, very naughty.

ShadeofViolet Fri 04-Oct-13 13:53:22

You used to be able to get Happyland churches South - would that be acceptable?

For about three months, my 5YO has been talking about how she wants 'a bus cow' I had no idea what she was talking about until last week when were sat behind a bus in the car and on the back of it was an advert for a local florist, with several Jellycat toys. It all suddenly became clear and now I don't feel like I am going to let DD down.

CombineBananaFister Fri 04-Oct-13 13:53:40

Who would have thought there was so much pigeon-related stuff out there - it's crackers! So glad you'll be able to get such cool stuff.

Ds is 3 and has asked for some 'toast', because he really likes it hmm, it's what he asks for when we go trick or treating blush
guess the boy just likes bread - it's going to be a cheap xmas!
disclaimer: he is well fed and not nutritionally deprived in anyway

jennycoast Fri 04-Oct-13 13:59:30

DD3 also wants an axolotl. I might need to get that one from e-bay, because we're definitely not having a living one!

DD2 asked for a flower pot man when she was 4. We finally got one on Christmas Eve. smile

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 04-Oct-13 14:02:43

I've been on a pigeon spending spree today, I have bought everything except Purdy grin, the adoption people are sending a picture out and a certificate with dds name on it, and said that we are more than welcome to come and visit, they have also suggested a few places slightly closer to me too, they were really nice. I'm also painting her a pigeon picture for her room.

There are some truly weird and wonderful requests this year, I had to google axolotl, how funny that someone crocheted one.

I want John Barrowman for Christmas too please. as long as he doesn't sing.

Kendodd Fri 04-Oct-13 14:11:24

Take her to Trafalgar Square, that'll put her off the horrible things for life.

IceCreamForCrow Fri 04-Oct-13 14:11:24

Goshgrin Looks like a picture of a Pigeon mumsnetting.

QuenellefireAndDamnation Fri 04-Oct-13 14:13:27

Would Canis Majoris fit in an average-sized Christmas stocking?

QueenofallIsee Fri 04-Oct-13 14:20:26

My MIL got my lads racing pigeons last year - they love them. I find them sinister and suspect them of plotting against me.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 04-Oct-13 14:20:39

shock that mask - why on earth would anyone make such a thing, it's really creepy.

I fear going to Trafalgar Square would only enhance her love for them. The only reason she likes going to see her Grandad is so that she can sit in town and watch the pigeons for hours, I'd probably never get her away if she was surrounded by thousands of the things.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 04-Oct-13 14:23:27

I'm the same with all birds, Queen I can't stand them and they freak me out, funnily enough it started after I watched The Birds <shudder>

Quenelle you may have to get a bit of a larger sized stocking for that, poundland will probably do one though grin

I love this thread, so many pigeony things! Do you have many local pigeons and a garden/ somewhere to have a bird table? My local pigoens are very regular visitors to my bird table, and currently eating me out of house and home. My bird table is quite close to the kitchen window so I get a good view, and lots of stares when their favourite feeder is out of food!I'm not an expert, but think they need something to stand on/ a tray to eat out of rather than hanging off the bird feeder like the little birds do!

That took ages to post, and just saw your message about not liking birds, so you probably don't want them staring at you in your home - sorry!

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 04-Oct-13 14:34:22

I don't mind if they are outside and I am inside, as long as the door is locked grin We don't really get many birds around here for some reason. I have some bird feeders hanging off the fence but they are never touched. There are about a million cats in my street so that's probably why.

LeoandBoosmum Fri 04-Oct-13 14:42:39

This is so cute! I would explain that Santa called you up and asked you to explain to your little girl that she has been a very good girl but that pigeons need to be able to live outside, to be able to fly allover the city and be with its friends, so she won't be able to have a pigeon. He would be too sad without all his friends...and because he wouldn't be able to fly far...Tell her Santa said that she can take crumbs in a bag and scatter them where the pigeons like to play together (do you see any when you go shopping in the city centre??).
Show her this pic:
You could even show her the part in Mary Poppins where the old lady feeds all the pigeons (remember it?) That way you would theoretically be 'proving' Santa's point...
You could get her one of these
It's a bit tacky but it is a pigeon! smile
You could get her a pigeon teddy like this to cuddle in bed!
Tell her it's very nice that she wants a pigeon, that it shows she is a lovely, caring little girl but that she must think of something else smile

LeoandBoosmum Fri 04-Oct-13 14:43:18

Repost as I forgot to activate links!
This is so cute! I would explain that Santa called you up and asked you to explain to your little girl that she has been a very good girl but that pigeons need to be able to live outside, to be able to fly allover the city and be with its friends, so she won't be able to have a pigeon. He would be too sad without all his friends...and because he wouldn't be able to fly far...Tell her Santa said that she can take crumbs in a bag and scatter them where the pigeons like to play together (do you see any when you go shopping in the city centre??).
Show her this pic:
You could even show her the part in Mary Poppins where the old lady feeds all the pigeons (remember it?) That way you would theoretically be 'proving' Santa's point...
You could get her one of these
It's a bit tacky but it is a pigeon! smile
You could get her a pigeon teddy like this to cuddle in bed!
Tell her it's very nice that she wants a pigeon, that it shows she is a lovely, caring little girl but that she must think of something else smile

Thumbwitch Fri 04-Oct-13 14:47:46

DS1 wanted a blue unicorn for Christmas a couple of years ago. Threw me totally - I had no idea why he wanted that!

I managed to find one off ebay, about 4" long and very cute (obviously a soft toy!) and then about 2w before Christmas I found out the background story - Dora the sodding explorer had a real life size blue unicorn, and DS1 wanted one the same.
Luckily this gave me enough time to come up with reasons why Santa wouldn't be able to give DS1 a real life size blue unicorn, including that he couldn't take live animals on the sleigh, a life size one wouldn't fit down the chimney, unicorns don't exist, and so on.

He was still disappointed when he unwrapped it but not as much as he would have been if I hadn't prepped him a bit!

Caboodle Fri 04-Oct-13 14:50:55

Last Christmas the only thing my DS 2 asked for was an 'I Love Sprouts' T-shirt....what a star.

dd asked Father Christmas for hair when she was 2. (bless her she was quite a baldy, but who'd have thunk a 2 year old would notice.) Any way, I will always believe in Father Christmas because she got her wish. Her hair started growing and growing and she ended up with beautiful thick long hair.

DaleyBump Fri 04-Oct-13 15:19:01

My little sister wanted LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF GOLD and a rabbit, please.

spiderlight Fri 04-Oct-13 15:28:00

Angels there's a chap who goes to one of our local parks, lies on the grass and pours birdseed all over himself so that he's absolutely covered in pigeons. It is a little bit freaky (!) but your DD would probably love it!

Rosencrantz Fri 04-Oct-13 15:34:33

DD asked for a chicken one year. I bought her a comedy rubber chicken. It was actually a dog toy. It was very well received actually!

not read all the replies but I bought for exDH (long back story) a toilet sign with a pigeon on. They may do other signs!

reindeesandchristmastrees Fri 04-Oct-13 16:17:39

I had an axolotyl when i was little. It lived in a fish tank with a couple of biggish goldfish (he had eaten some smaller ones)

COCKadoodledooo Fri 04-Oct-13 16:37:47

At breakfast this morning ds1 totally out of the blue asked if he could have chickens for Christmas this year. (I may have replied that we'd probably be having turkey like usual because I wasn't listening properly blush ).

Footle Fri 04-Oct-13 16:57:35

Granddaughter aged three asked him for "Jelly. Green jelly " - her diet is a bit deficient in that sort of thing.

I have had a turkey/food problem too COCK - DD3 asked for guinea pigs, I misheard her and asked if she wanted roast potatoes to eat it with. Her face! blush

Bumbez Fri 04-Oct-13 17:10:12

A few years ago dd2 asked for a wand that could do real magic grin

slimyak Fri 04-Oct-13 17:29:17

I used to to a lot of work on allotments, I believe there is a pigeon fanciers website with lots of pigeon based things to buy. I only know as I was threatened with pigeon based baby grows when I went on mat leave.

DD2 at 2.5yo wants a tin opener and a bottle of wine that she will have when she' a big girl. DD1 wanted a Sellotape dispenser last year, which came in really useful when wrapping the surprises we got for her.

SamPull Fri 04-Oct-13 17:30:49

<relief that DD is content to try and catch pigeons and hasn't thought to ask for one of her own>

colleysmill Fri 04-Oct-13 17:35:12

Oh lordy this reminds me of last Christmas when ds then 3 announced early one Saturday morning, close to the day, for a pork chop.

Took me 3 days to work out he meant Dr Evil Pork Chop from toy story. Cue desperate hunt for said pork chop but his face on opening it was priceless accompanied by hands clapping and a loud "oh WELL DONE father Christmas!"

COCKadoodledooo Fri 04-Oct-13 17:37:20

Vicious grin

And Bumbez you just reminded me - my eldest dniece got a wand for her 3rd birthday, she was so excited about it! And then she waved it at her mum and looked soooo dejected and disappointed and said "Oh. It didn't work."

I have no idea what she was hoping for but the look on my dsis's face was priceless grin

shrinkingnora Fri 04-Oct-13 17:42:31

DS1 asked for a lifetime's supply of fruit.

ChrisTheSheep Fri 04-Oct-13 18:27:55

We had a request for a potato harvester today: specifically that, and not any other kind of harvester. Of course, you can get the blooming things for about £40!

My neighbour's smallest girl once wanted a sausage for Christmas.

ChrisTheSheep Fri 04-Oct-13 18:29:36

Oh, an apparently the £40 harvester comes complete with sacks of toy potatoes, which sound like they will immediately get lost inside bits of household machinery. I'm just not going to mention it, and hope he forgets!

Kahlua4me Fri 04-Oct-13 19:12:02

Dd wants real flying fairy wings this year so that she can fly around town! She won't be deterred and thinks if she writes to him now that will give him time to design and make them.....

girliefriend Fri 04-Oct-13 19:43:39

When my dd was about 5yo she asked for a sunshine toy confused I had no clue what this was and any attempt to get more information was met with 'but its a sunshine toy - father Christmas will know'

Unfortunately he didn't - luckily dd was distracted by the millions of other presents he did get her, although I don't think she has ever truly forgiven him blush

ggirl Fri 04-Oct-13 19:47:56

when ds was 3 he asked for a 'handle'

finally figured out he wanted a gun.hmm

IamSlave Fri 04-Oct-13 19:52:29

Gosh how sweet, can you give us an update to tell us how it went at Xmas!

inmyheadimthequeen Fri 04-Oct-13 19:53:48

I've had requests from my DD for 1. a servant, and 2. a tattoo hmm
Not a pigeon though.

moldingsunbeams Fri 04-Oct-13 20:06:00

My friends boy asked for a real Giraffe and a cow, dad said it wouldn't fit in our garden son, boy replied of course not dad, when they grow big we will give them back to the farmer to look after.

moldingsunbeams Fri 04-Oct-13 20:10:16

OP my mum says she will gladly send one of the billion real pigeons who have taken to her garden recently...

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:16:22

Yet more great pigeony ideas, thank you all.

I am loving all these odd requests, I'm beginning to thing dd is fairly normal wanting a pigeon now grin

Spider have you ever spoken to that man, I wonder why on earth he does that confused

Slimy I hesitantly typed pigeon fanciers into google and they have a club and shows and allsorts, she can join when she is 7, but I emailed the lady who runs the site to see if there are any shows near me.

I will definitely update after Christmas, dd is going to be thrilled.

Tavv Fri 04-Oct-13 20:18:02
(seem to be a few books associated with this one too)

Tavv Fri 04-Oct-13 20:18:36
PlateSpinningAtAllTimes Fri 04-Oct-13 20:25:00

Op, if you want to get a pigeon themed book, ESP by dick king smith is good smile

Lioninthesun Fri 04-Oct-13 21:15:38

Has anyone linked to this? (scroll down a bit)

BillyBanter Fri 04-Oct-13 21:38:52

I like this woman's cards.

Pigeon in a top hat.

BodminPill Fri 04-Oct-13 21:53:37

My DD age 3 has only asked for one thing - a book from Costco

Easy Peasy grin

Underconstruction Fri 04-Oct-13 23:22:38

My big regret when DD2 asked for a pet mouse was buying her a wind-up one. With hindsight I should have got some mouse bedding and left it empty... been and gone before the stockings were opened. Am sure that was the nail in Santa's coffin for DD1. Now DD2 just tells me about all the creatures she'll own when she's big and leaves home (she's still only 6).

curiousgeorgie Sat 05-Oct-13 09:27:31

My friends daughter wanted a giraffe, to the point of obsessiveness! So they adopted her one in a local zoo that she could go and visit, as a giraffe was much too tall for her room wink

She loved it.

Adopting the giraffe only lasted a year but she still thinks its hers grin

breward Sat 05-Oct-13 10:58:16

My dd, aged 5, asked for a trap. She had been learning about castles and wanted a portcullis for her bedroom door! I ended up making one out of thick card, painting it and stapling it to the door frame at midnight on Christmas Eve! I also covered her whole doorway with gold Christmas ribbon criss crossed like a spiders web... I could not wait to see her face in the morning. Imagine the chaos when she woke up at 4 am needing the loo and walked straight into the'TRAP' !!!

The following year she asked for the biggest knicker bocker glory ever... Again I was making jelly, whipping cream etc at midnight on Christmas Eve and filling an enormous cheap vase I had bought with the most sickly of ingredients. She was thrilled with it. It would not fit into the fridge tho, so had to sit outside the back door to keep chilled.

DS asked for a million pounds a couple of years ago and was most indignant when he got a Bruno Mars CD and a sports bag instead.

Luckily, both children are pre/ teenagers now so hopefully the bizarre present requests have stopped. DD did want a bar of chocolate and some new knickers when she was 3 years old... So maybe we will go full circle!

BettyandDon Sat 05-Oct-13 11:18:28

I am so scared of pigeons!!! I am in awe of kids who chase them...

KateBeckett Sat 05-Oct-13 14:28:23

Okay haven't read the whole thread so sorry if this has been suggested, but DP says you have to get he the 'pudge on street' DVDs!

KateBeckett Sat 05-Oct-13 14:28:57

Argh! Pidgeon street!!

KateBeckett Sat 05-Oct-13 14:29:32


loopybear Sat 05-Oct-13 19:21:04

My DD wanted a pony for years to her delight my godparents adopted her one in a sanctuary that we've been to visit. Staff were great took her to brush her pony as we missed the party! She commented that she'd got everything shed wished for. Unfortunately I will fail in bringing back to life our labrador this year.

candodad Sat 05-Oct-13 20:05:22

My Nephew (now 24 then 4) hod only one request this particular year. He asked for a toaster. My sister thinking it was some passing idea didn't listen and he was sat in tears (with dozens of other presents around) becuase he didn't get one

BeaWheesht Sat 05-Oct-13 22:11:58

ds asked for a moon with a face on once. hmm

dd doesnt really ask for anything yet but shes only 3 so theres plenty of time.

Oh and ds who is now 6 came home and announced all he really wanted this year was a king hammer and it has a funny shaped bit and a handle and a ball that you throw and a spike and its wooden. I finally discovered it was this

working9while5 Sat 05-Oct-13 22:18:43

We need to find Thor' s Hammer 'but with REAL lightening mummy'. He is not listening...

RealAleandOpenFires Sun 06-Oct-13 01:45:07

Kate...That's a blast from the past "Pigdeon St." I like "Long Distance Clara" . grin off later to watch it on youtube (1st episode)

TeddyBare Sun 06-Oct-13 07:13:17

If you were considering a different animal then I guess you're fairly sure she'll want this for a while and you're willing to do some research and learn how to look after it properly? If that's true, then perhaps it's worth looking in to rehoming a retired racing pigeon? There must be loads of them about but I'm not sure where you'd go to find one.

meddie Sun 06-Oct-13 10:51:36

My son always asked for standard football stuff, but ended every letter with 'I have been very good but my sister has not, could you take her away'
Much to his disgust she was still there every xmas morning.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 06-Oct-13 11:05:15

More great pigeony ideas, thank you so much everyone flowers

The pull along pigeon arrived yesterday. Its so weird. I really can't fathom why people make these things at all, but I'm glad they do.

I'm going to buy one of those cards from Etsy to write a note from Santa in I think.

I forgot all about Pigeon Street, I absolutely loved that programme, I'm going to see if there is a box set of it somewhere.

Her love of pigeons has lasted about 18 months so far, I kept thinking she would grow out of it, but she didn't, 6 months ago we started looking at getting another type of bird for her, but she doesn't want one, only a pigeon. It's at the point now where she doesn't want to go to the park, she prefers to go into town and sit and watch them instead.

I wouldn't even know where to begin with looking after a one, I'm going look more into the care they need, we will be going to visit her adopted pigeon in January so I'll ask more about it then. I keep looking at Purdy the pigeon, he is growing on me that's for sure.

I love all these stories of the bizarre requests, I am so glad dd isn't the only one, and at least she knows what she wants and I don't have to work it out from a vague description grin

moobaloo Sun 06-Oct-13 17:39:34

This is great!

I used to have a pet pigeon grin a fancy brown speckly one who crash landed in our garden. He had a tag on but we could never trace his owners. I named him Paschabel (After Paschabel's Canon, I was eight) and he would come to call, sit on my shoulder and everything. I loved him to bits, he lived outside - spending his nights in our Wendy House and then I'd take him out into the garden for the day, and when I came home from school he would trot out from under a plant or table and fly onto my shoulder grin Unfortunately I went on Brownie camp and he disappeared while I was gone sad and never came back sad saddest moment of my childhood possibly.

A friend of mine smuggled a tin of spam into Church one christmas morning and when a nice lady asked him what he'd got for Christmas he mournfully replied "a tin of spam" whilst holding it up, with his mother looking on horrified! Hilarious! He must've been about ten.

unlucky83 Sun 06-Oct-13 18:51:44

My cow loving DD2 wanted a real cow for Christmas - when I said the back garden wasn't big enough she said we could get a small one - a calf grin
Luckily I said she and the cow would be really sad when it grew too big for the garden and had to leave ...and she wouldn't be able to play out there because of all the poo and she went off the idea - and was a happy with a toy cow (in fact lots of toy cows, hats, dressing gowns, pjs, pants, get the picture)
DD1 wanted a Thomas the Tank Engine -like the ones you get outside the supermarkets ...I told her she would have to get rid of all her toys to fit it in her bedroom -maybe even have to sleep on the floor in the corner ... she said she wouldn't mind ..then I tried Santa wouldn't be able to get it upstairs...but of course he could he was magic ...the final thing was that if Santa put that on his sleigh he wouldn't have room for any other toys for her - or for any other boys and girls- but I was sure he would do his best - she got a Thomas Train set and wasn't very impressed...but did play with it a lot - as has DD2 who also got it for Christmas 5 yrs later...

asandwichshort Sun 06-Oct-13 20:29:23

My friend's son who was about 4 or 5 at the time insisted all he wanted for Christmas was a tin of corned beef. Which she duly wrapped up and presented him with! He was over the moon!! he did get normal stuff too but pride of place was the tin of corned beef!

When he was about 4ish my no2 son asked for "a shark and a clock" - nothing else, just those. He meant a regular wall clock (pointed out in the Argos book) too, not a fancy one, and he still has it, on his bedroom wall, still going strong after 15 years grin
DD asks for "a pork pie as big as her head" every year, so we get her a Morrell's one (which will only be meaningful if you live near us, but they are La creme de la creme of pork pies) - they even do festive ones with little sprigs of pastry holly on top grin

WhentheRed Mon 07-Oct-13 04:39:31

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IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 07-Oct-13 10:19:24

DS2 asked for pink slippers and a snowball a couple of years ago.

Santa brought both grin

Katienana Mon 07-Oct-13 11:32:16

My brother asked for a bonaro once. He meant a bow and arrow!

Last year DS (5 at the time) wanted a real gun with real bullets, which he promised he wouldn't shoot at actual people, a doll and all the seeds in the world.

This year DD (3.5) wants a golden tray, a bat and ball and a computer. DS correctly assessed that Father Christmas might manage the bat and ball.

Wingdingdong Mon 07-Oct-13 16:17:22

OP, have you got/read Julia Donaldson's Fly, Pigeon, Fly?

It's about a small Glaswegian boy who rescues a baby pigeon. His dad says he can't keep it but the pigeon returns home. Eventually the boy realises keeping the pigeon inside is cruel and lets it go...

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