So...apparently it was okay with Ben, at least for the moment, that he did not get the stuff from Target or Build-a-Bear that he decided that he wanted on Christmas Eve. When he opened his "Big Gift" from Santa this was his reply:
"WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED! A NERD LONGSHOT, HOW DID SANTA KNOW???"
Good job, Santa.
Until about 45 minutes later when all the gifts were open...
"But Santa didn't get me the black dog from Build-a-Bear, or the leopard from Target."
Oh well...maybe next year.