The Spartan kids get all the best toys at Christmas.
Santiago Claus stuffs the stockings of both naughty and nice with the same goodies and treats -- but for the naughty kids, she pulls the pins first.
All the Gaian boys and girls ever hear is, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
At least the toys Zakharov's little ones get have some Spartan potential -- even a "neutered" chemistry set isn't immune to a little tweaking from certain common household chemicals. And nothing beats gaining the approval of your beaming parents: "My, my, aren't you clever? And what is the Energy of Activation of your little concoction?"
All Miriam's kids ever get are religious toys -- I mean, how many Nativity Playsets does one child really need to understand the True Meaning of Christmas? There were only supposed to be 3 wise men -- how come by the time Believers graduate junior high they've got at least a dozen?
Peacekeeper kids get really lame gifts like blankets, which they are expected to donate to charity, and their real gift is supposed to be that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from doing good deeds. In a pig's eye -- even U.N. kids know when they're getting Scrooged!
Morgan kids are so spoiled they pout and are never happy with any of their gifts. Their indulging parents only make it worse by taking them back to the store the day after so their kids can pick out what they REALLY wanted ...
Let's not even talk about the Sheng-Ji Yang "educational" videos and that pull-string doll that says things like, "Embrace the larger self of group!"
Spartan kids KNOW what they're getting for Christmas -- or at least they know better than to shake the packages before opening!
What will Santiago Claus be putting under YOUR tree?
Merry Christmas, and a Spartan New Year! May your Sparta Command be well-stocked for Y2k.