Christmas ~ Lowering Expectations

Have you written your Christmas wish list, checked it twice?

Scores of children around the world are no doubt checking catalogues, searching online stores and dragging parents round shopping centres with the hope of finding what they would like to unwrap on Christmas morning, adding the items to their letters to Santa, aka their parents.

As a parent I fully understand the desire to provide for your children, the gleeful excitement that shines from their faces as they unwrap exactly what they asked for is priceless.

But there is always a cost, financially, to meet the ever growing expectations of children when it comes to receiving gifts  at Christmas.

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So when the boys sat down this past weekend to write letters to Santa, I was a little nervous as to which organs I’d have to sell to meet their demands.

Thankfully, I needn’t have worried.

Ahren, my sensitive little man, only wrote 3 things on his list. When we asked him if there was anything else, he replied “That’s all I need” and whilst a cuddly toy, computer game and some Lego aren’t exactly necessities, it was a pleasant surprise that he didn’t come up with an eye watering long list of things he wanted to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Ethan, my cheeky chap, struggled to think of 5 things he would like. The usual Lego, a cuddly toy and some wooden trains being the most important.

Knowing that many families will dig themselves deeper in to debt over the next few weeks to meet the high expectations of their children, I was both relieved and proud that my boys showed such restraint when making their Christmas lists.

I’ve never understood the crazy commercialism over Christmas, and so I’ve strived to educate my children that enjoying family gatherings, helping others and being thankful for what you have are more important than receiving the latest “must have” toy, I’m so glad to see they have been listening.

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  1. For a few years now I've been trying to down scale the presents we give and receive. I feel the commercialism has become obscene. I encourage my family to give me something from a charity shop and maybe a £5 limit. I make presents for the people who I know will appreciate that kind of thing. If it's wrapped beautifully, that's half the joy .( ps - this theory is easier now the kids are grown :))

  2. Oh that is lovely. Once we got over the - no we aren't getting a DS conversation our lists aren't too bad. I am trying on the days out etc but they don't get that. xx

  3. Aww bless him.
    i have the opposite problem to most that there is nothing on my boys' lists - they just don't need/want anything

  4. Your two sound like such gorgeous, sensitive little boys. I love their lists and such typical 'boy toys' too! I'm all for lego in the house. My boy gets some every year, whether he likes it or not!

  5. How sweet are your boys... sounds as though they have everything sussed already. I remember one of my daughters asking for a balloon, an animal (of the small, plastic variety) & a hug one year and even now they're at uni they're not materialistic in the slightest.

  6. This is lovely, such sensible lists, you are obviously teaching them well x Our boys are quite similar, their lists have always been just a few things, and never anything huge. Last year we did events instead of more presents and they loved that so we'll be doing that again this year x

  7. It's an important lesson to teach kids - after all, Christmas is supposed to be about giving more than receiving. I was delighted when our oldest (nearly 7) wrote up his Christmas list the other day - he asked Santa for "some of the listed items" and had a mix of a couple of expensve items and loads of inexpensive ones too. He even asked for a sweet or some chocolates. So sweet!


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