Anyway, I have gotten very little Christmas/holiday shopping accomplished (not surprising). My parents cover Hanukkah, and Michael's family overloads the kids for Christmas, so the only things we need to get the kids are the official Santa gifts.
Last week, they went to see Santa (Jessi took them!) and made their requests. Max is easy, as always. He wants "a car that goes beep beep." And, most people wouldn't know this, but when he says, "beep beep," he doesn't mean the sound. In Max speak, "beep beep" implies that the car rolls on its wheels. So... yay easy! Dylan, on the other hand, continues her lifelong trend of being the high maintenance child. Dylan asked Santa for Samantha, the American Girl doll that is being discontinued at the end of this year. The American Girl doll that has sold out of all of the stores and the website. The American Girl doll that is now TWO HUNDRED FRICKIN' DOLLARS on eBay. I just can't spend $200 on a doll.
So, options? My plan is this speech,
"I spoke to Santa, and he said that since you ALREADY have an American Girl doll, and since Samantha is going away and he's not allowed to make that many, that it would be better if he gave the Samantha dolls to poor kids who don't have any dolls."
My alternate idea is to give her a fan book of paint samples and tell her that Santa will let her pick a new paint color for her room (it's green now and makes her sad).
Another alternate idea is to give her a custom ring made out of a teeny pearl that Michael found in his raw oyster a couple of weeks ago.
Any ideas/suggestions are welcomed. I'm floundering here. I feel like it's her last Christmas believing in Santa, and I don't want to screw it up.