CHICAGO, Nov. 21 -- Every year children stand in line for hours just to have a few precious moments with Santa. A moment when they get to tell Santa about their greatest holiday wish.
According to the 2001 Santa Survey of General Growth Properties, Inc., the requests can take all sorts of directions. From "pink snow" to a "star moon", children don't limit their requests to conventional toys. Some even have practical expectations, asking for a roll of toilet paper, a vacuum cleaner or a Christmas tree. And when we're talking about children, it's important to remember that practical is, of course, a relative term. One child asked for a walk-in safe as a means of keeping her toys away from younger siblings. Another child may have had the same idea when he asked for a "Mexican fighting bull."
In a more touching direction, more than a few Santas remember tear-jerking stories of children who ask Santa to make sure their parents were happy in Heaven. While another little girl asked Santa to bring her divorced parents back together. One wish that Santa will not forget is a child's request for something most all Americans will be hoping for: world peace.
When children take their place on Santa's lap, Santa is prepared to answer just about any wish a child's heart and creative imagination can dream up.
General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) is one of the nation's largest shopping center owners, managers and developers. General Growth currently has ownership interest in, or management responsibility for, a portfolio of 145 regional shopping malls in 39 states. The company portfolio totals approximately 125,000,000 square feet of retail space and includes over 15,000 retailers nationwide. A publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), General Growth Properties is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information on General Growth Properties and its portfolio of malls, please visit the company web site at