Unwrapping the Perfect Christmas: A PowerPoint Presentation

Michelle Miller-McNair asks her three children to make lists of what they want for Christmas every year. This holiday, she received an 18-slide PowerPoint from her daughter, McKinley, with links and QR codes. McKinley said she worked on the presentation for about two hours, some at school and some at her friend’s house. The slide show included Panda Dunks, makeup, and a necklace from Kendra Scott, with high priority items marked with stars.

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McKinley practiced going through her deck before delivering it to her parents after dinner one weeknight. Her mother was impressed by the thought McKinley put into each slide and is hopeful that Santa is tech-savvy when it comes to teenagers’ elaborate gift requests. Madison Earl was surprised to receive a high-tech presentation from her 14-year-old niece, while Alyson, a 14-year-old, used PowerPoint skills learned in school to create a presentation for her Christmas list. Alyson’s mother, Samantha Ralph, appreciated the effort her daughter put into the slides and thought it made it easier to know exactly what to buy. She thought it was a happy holiday memory for the family. Peyton Chediak, 22, received some criticism from her family for using a PowerPoint for her Hanukkah list. Michelle Miller-McNair noted that her daughter’s PowerPoint was not a favorite of everyone in the extended family, but she respected how bold McKinley was and believes she will get items from her list.

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