QUOTE(Brynfan @ Nov 19 2010, 01:17 PM)
Just had an OMG moment in ToysRUs! Standing in the queue with my modest ?30 worth of goods, the lady in front started talking to me. She told me she'd lost count of the number of times she'd been to the store over the last few weeks and had already spent ?5000 (five thousand!!) on gifts for her 3 children and every day they ask for something else, (which obviously then goes out and buys)
I must be the meanest mother on earth budgeting ?150 each on the children.
Absolutely not!!!! I've not even spent the hundred on each of mine !! But they don't go without. They don't ask for much either (except son who wanted a DS initially but soon accepted he wasn't going to get one, nor did he need one really). Daughter's list: Clarinet Cds (Emma Johnson), Purple Music stand, Clarinet stand and maybe a few surprises? Son's consists of a few Thomas Tank train items he wants for his rapidly expanding track - unfortunately most of which are not available so he's getting other stuff to go with said track.
This is Christmas - a Christian celebration of teh birth of Jesus not some big giveaway or free for all
I don't get the rather OTT nature of it nowadays. Nice for the kids to get a few things but you don't nee dto go mad do you?
And my kids are getting music lessons and all that entails too!!
QUOTE(Brynfan @ Nov 19 2010, 01:31 PM)
I totally agree Daisy Chain. My answer when they ask for something else is to remind them that they posted their letters to Santa a while back, and Santa only has a limited supply of toys to go around all the children in the world. We have a Mr X appeal in my area and I always make sure that they each give a present to this (either something new or maybe the things they've now grown out of). They know that there are children who don't get anything for Christmas or birthdays and (I hope) they appreciate what they do get.
They'll either grow up to be charity workers or go completely the opposite way and spend, spend, spend when they eventually earn their own money
When talking about Children in need I asked tehm if they'd each give a coin from their penny boxes as well as Mummy and Daddy sending some in to school for their "Spotty Day" I was asked why but after I'd explained what it was all about, they were more than happy to do so.
My little random comment is somewhat related .... Why can school raise over ?400 through the book fair (a % of teh total spend goes to school) but only ?200+ for Children in need when all
money given goes to the charity. And why is it that those that have least tend to give the most???? I never get this one!!