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13/11/2013 at 15:10
You all make me feel stingy,
Disco is only goig to be 17months at christmas and we won't be buying much,
aqua doodle (if can get with tesco points)
A happy land or similar toy or a rocking horse/animal
basic toy tea set
that will be it his stocking will be mainly useful stuff eg. bubble bath, new vests/ socks, a couple of small toys
He will get gifts from grandparents but we have specifically said not to much as we don't have space and we don't want him to be overwhelmed.
As he gets bigger we are aiming not to buy too much, having witnessed niece and nephew who get everything and then some and barely draw breath between opening presents and have difficulty in grasping the idea that they may not get everything on their wishlist
and two nieces who get a lot less but really appreciate what they get and understand the value of money. If they get a big gift they know they won't get much else, but they are equally appreciative of all gifts.
Also I am a worrier, I worry if we set a precedent and then can't match it in subsequent years it will hard to explain why.
Having said all that I fully expect tht while browsing all the toy shopping sites I will find something that we just need to buy for christmas that isnt on the list
13/11/2013 at 16:07
I really hate it when kids get so much they dont know who has bought what and are completely ungrateful. Thats why i dont buy as much as I could do.
13/11/2013 at 16:19
My friend insists that the children's presents all come from Father Christmas. Even the ones from relatives. As Father Christmas is magical it means she feels obliged to buy everything on her Christmas list. It has caused tension in the family from other relatives who would like to be thanked for the presents they give the children. Whereas we only say that stockings come from Father Christmas and everything else comes from the family. Just as well as the bike we bought the other year had to go back to the shop twice before she was able to ride it!
I also do tell her that he can't bring everything she'd like anyway.
13/11/2013 at 16:22
I hate the way people are made to feel like they have to explain and defend what they've bought their kids when it comes to Christmas - smacks of keeping up with the jonesies. We all do what we feel is right for our families.
13/11/2013 at 17:59
I just do what I want, I buy bits here and there and stop when I think they have a good mix of stuff. I am not not too bothered about others spending as a reference to mine. If you are happy that they have enough then that should be enough I think. L will have a fab time and sounds like he will do just fine Kellfi don't worry.
My kids get some presents from Santa along with their stocking and some presents from us and other family members. I am having the most fun trying to find things to put in the giant fabric advent calendar I made. Recent finds are whoopee cushions and comedy glasses and moustaches!
13/11/2013 at 18:27
My kids must think we are the meanest parents ever as all of the presents in our house come from Santa, it was the same when I was little but can't remember thinking I didn't get anything from my parents.
Anything they get from other people are just that, presents from friends and family.
13/11/2013 at 19:56
Belle I don't feel like I need to justify how much I spend, I'm just joining in the with the discussion, I find it really interesting to see what other people do for Christmas and it reassures me as my H thinks I go way overboard and obviously from this post I really don't! It's really interesting to read other people's views and how they do things at Christmas and often gives me ideas too.
I say that stocking is obviously from Father Christmas and the main present. There's always smaller presents from mum & dad. I think this is what happened when I was young too. I think it's bad form to say all presents are from Santa, even ones from relatives etc!
13/11/2013 at 20:00
We're the same as you Frankie. Big present & stocking from Santa, all the rest from whoever bought them
13/11/2013 at 20:01
C no longer believes in Santa (hasn't for a couple of years), but when he did, all presents (from me) were from Santa. He never questioned why he never got anything from me. Gifts from family, were from family.
I never feel I have to justify how much I spend. I spend what I can afford, so why not spoil my boys?? It'd be a different matter if I was getting into debt to buy them the amount I do, but i'm not.
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