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December 4, 2012

Dear Santa ...

Children share wish lists at Champlain Centre

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Like Jordan, Isabel Bresett, 3, of Keeseville likes to decorate the Christmas tree each year. She had been to see Santa at the mall before, but this year will likely be the first time she will remember, said her mother, Shannon.

For Christmas, Isabel had been asking for a black, stuffed bear.

The older children wanted a little something more.

Kelsey Gebo, 11, asked for an iPad for Christmas, and her older sister, Kennedy, 15, wants a fifth-generation iPod Touch and a cardboard cutout of her favorite singer, Harry Styles of the British-Irish pop group One Direction.

Their younger sister, 10-year-old Kalli, wants a One Direction bedspread, Kalli said.

And although she was surrounded by children, many of whom were focused on what they wanted for themselves, Kalli spoke beyond her years when she said, “I think the real meaning of Christmas is giving and not receiving.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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