Ava March On: The Gift Santa Never Brought (Giveaway)

The Gift Santa Never Brought

As a kid, Santa represented a never-ending well of Christmas gift possibilities. His sleigh could hold everything, his elves could make anything. All you had to do was ask for it, and Santa would bring it. …well, he was supposed to bring it.

There was one gift in particular that Santa never brought me—a pony.

I wanted one desperately. I had it all worked out. Though I grew up in suburbia, I was convinced the pony could live in my backyard. The yard was Ponyfenced, after all. Just needed a shed for it to live in. I had little delusions of kid grandeur which involved me, smiling and happy, riding the pony around the neighborhood. I would love the pony and hug the pony and be the happiest kid in the world.

When I informed my parents that I was asking Santa for a pony, they looked doubtful.  “Um, I don’t think Santa can bring a pony.” My little kid brain was all—pish-posh, of course Santa can bring a pony. He’s Santa.

I bet you can all guess how that went down on Christmas morning. To my credit, I don’t recall breaking down in hysterics when there wasn’t a pony with a big fat red bow around its neck beneath the Christmas tree. Really, I don’t recall that at all.

The story does end well. My parents eventually signed me up for horseback riding lessons. And after four years of lessons, they realized my horsemania wasn’t going to end soon and bought me and my older sister a horse—we had to share the horse. Whoever said sharing is a good thing never had to share a horse.

So what was the gift that Santa never brought you? Come on now, everyone has one. That one thing you wanted desperately and that Santa, that old curmudgeon, never tucked under your tree.


Happy Holidays!!

-Ava March

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  1. Catherine says

    A Barbie Doll! We were pretty poor when I was a kid. Turns out we couldn’t afford Barbie. I got a Dawn doll instead. It just wasn’t the same.

  2. Rebe says

    I hear ya, Catherine! I wanted a Barbie, too, but always got the dollar store version instead. :( So sad, lol!

  3. JenM says

    I always wanted an Ez-E-Bake oven, but my mom was afraid that even though there were all kinds of safety measures on it, I’d somehow manage to burn myself, so she refused to get me one.

  4. miki says

    A horse ^^;; i too live in a city but i had checked to see if there was place etc ^^ i got one in plush instead…..really not the same but now i’m glad the poor horse was happy somewhere else

  5. Erika says

    A big brother! I’m not sure why, but I always wanted a big brother and was positive that Santa could produce one. I wished and wished and wrote to Santa but alas…on Christmas morning no big brother…but…I did get the coolest Barbie camper — I didn’t worry about the lack of brother after seeing that!

  6. erinf1 says

    Thanks for a fun post! I really can’t remember anything that I was devastated not to get for Christmas… huh…

  7. elaing8 says

    I wanted a Mrs. Beasley Doll. But Santa gave one to my sister instead. I was not happy that Christmas.My sister taunted me with it too.

  8. Krista says

    I never really asked for anything outlandish.
    This year I did ask for someone to take my car to get an oil change. I hate waiting to have it done and I guess everyone else does too because I didn’t have any takers.