'All I Wanted for Christmas' NPR's Jesse Baker speaks to a variety of National Public Radio staffers about their childhood holidays and the present they most wanted.

'All I Wanted for Christmas'

'All I Wanted for Christmas'

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NPR's Jesse Baker speaks to a variety of National Public Radio staffers about their childhood holidays and the present they most wanted.


As holiday shopping reached a crescendo this past week, WEEKEND EDITION's Jesse Baker asked a few colleagues what gift they most wanted as a child.

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LAKSHMI SINGH: I'm Lakshmi Singh. When I lived in New York City, I remember walking through Macy's with my godmother and I saw this really great, huge makeup kit. And I begged my godmother to get it, and she said she would or she would tell Santa to get it. And it never showed up and I was convinced that Santa just didn't understand makeup. And now as a result, I no longer wear makeup and my mother begs me to wear makeup.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT: I'm Debbie Elliott. I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. And the thing I most wanted as a little girl was the little Barbie car. It was like a convertible Mustang that you put your Barbie and Ken in and they could look really cool riding around.

DAVID KESTENBAUM: My name's David Kestenbaum. I grew up outside Philadelphia. And the thing that I really wanted for a long time when I was 11 or 12 was a computer, and I eventually had to buy it myself. My mother thought it was just another toy. Now she sees it was actually quite useful.

LYNN NEARY: My names Lynn Neary and I grew up in a suburb of New York City. Every single Christmas at the top of my Christmas list I put a dog. But every Christmas my mother would give me a baby doll. She continued to give me a baby doll way past the time where I cared for, or wanted, a baby doll. And I remember the last Christmas coming down, looking under the tree and seeing the baby doll, and I must have been 13 or 14 at that point, thinking I don't know what to say to her anymore about this.

LINDA WERTHEIMER: I'm Linda Wertheimer. I grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. I always wanted the Little Women dolls, the Madame Alexander Little Women dolls. I actually wanted Jo because I identified with Jo. What I got was Meg who was sort of the good daughter.

DAVID GREENE: My name's David Greene. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And what I wanted desperately was a full Pittsburgh Steelers uniform. The tight gold pants, the shoulder pants, the helmet. I finally got it. I dressed up in it, looked like a big Pittsburgh Steelers dork.

SCOTT SIMON: My name is Scott Simon and the toy I most wanted, I guess, from growing up was I was really enamored of Zorro, and they had a whole little Zorro set where you had the funny hat. I never seen anyone other than Zorro wear that hat. And, of course, the mask. But the part I really liked is they had a plastic sword with a piece of chalk on the end of it, so you could, cha, cha, cha, make the sign of the Z. You know, (Singing) `He's bold and he's brave, carves his Z with his blade,' cha, cha, cha.

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Unidentified Group: (Singing) ...blade. A Z that stands for Zorro. Zorro, Zorro, a fox so cunning and free. Zorro, Zorro, that makes the sign of the Z.

HANSEN: It's 22 minutes before the hour.

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