Veronica’s idea sheds light on the “I want it” impulse that (frankly) we often encourage during the Christmas season:
To help Santa bring the right present for my kids this year, I took the kids to the toy store and we took pictures of the kids showing the toys they want from him. This way, the kids will have actually seen live what they want (as opposed to just on a commercial on TV) and decided if its really what they want or not. And, Santa will know exactly what to get them and not to make mistakes like he did last Christmas! In the process, Santa will learn which toys are available in which toy store!
I took my kids to 3 toy stores, we took pictures of about 5-6 toys each kid liked, then printed them at home and when we wrote our letter to Santa each kid narrowed it down to 2 toys and glued those pictures to the letter. Narrowing down also gave the kids a chance to really think about what they really wanted, once at home that the hype of the overstocked stores had passed.
It was the first time I saw my kids actually happy to pose for a picture (as opposed to making faces and grimaces!) because they wanted to show Santa how happy they are and how much they like the toy! The rest of the pictures I have as reference for grandparents and godparents when they ask the kids what presents they would like from them. If you have too many pictures you can always save them as reference for their next birthday.
I love how this idea embraces the gift mania (rather than simply negating or judging it, which in many cases, is counterproductive), and causes kids to prioritize their wants, learn about “hype,” consider quality, and become more savvy consumers. There are so many lessons to be learned here.
How do you help your kids navigate and balance the “I want it” mentality of the holiday season?