Ok! So here is my story, gripe, post whatever you want to call it for today.
I love playing Santa! I love and enjoy every single second of my children's joy and excitement as they open the gifts..They always yell out "Thank You Santa"! It is fun! I love the traditions.
Here is what I don't LOVE..
Explaining to my kiddo why Santa brought little ol Mikey(made that name up!) An iPod, Nintendo DS, and a cell phone plus all the other normal toys. "Why does Santa bring him better stuff? He is the same age."
I in no way try to KEEP UP with what other families do. I think that what is good for one family may or may not be good for another. My older kids get it. They are no longer true believers in Santa. As for my little one it can be a little tricky.
Here is what I try to do.
1. I always talk about the true reasons for Christmas. We even sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
2. I remind my kids of the less fortunate kids who don't have as much as us. (Again my youngest will ask why Santa didn't bring the "less fortunate" kids presents) We also donate old toys.
3. I change the subject. If my kids starts talking about the extravagance of the other kids Santa toys...I just try to migrate his thoughts away from it. I will ask things like "What is the favorite present this year"
Now lets talk about the ELF ON THE SHELF!
I am not adopting this tradition. This is probably my last "Santa" year. So the time is out anyway. But to me this is another way to get us to buy stuff. Another way to sell stuff. ANd another way some parents have to play "KEEP UP"
I admit, it is kind of a cute idea and I like seeing the mischievous things the Elf gets into...but I truly hope that people do not take it overboard...Before we know it the Elf will be bringing iPods and Kindles!
Just curious. How do you handle the overboard Santas? Do you have any tips on explaining to your kids why ol Johnny got so much more? I need tips so that I can be fair but not take away the belief! I'd love to hear your opinions on this!
HO! HO! HO!
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