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.
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.