Every year, my kids write their letters to Santa. I decided a few years ago that we would attempt to cut the blatant begging down, and they've been told to keep their lists to five things - One Want, One Need, One Wear, One Read - and then one thing that they really would love. It works well for them; it forces them to really pare down what they might as for, and helps me to be sure to purchase exactly what they might most enjoy as well as use.
Now that my kids are older - I have teens and tweens and one adult child - I bitterly regret all those years when I overbought. Especially when they were babies, my kids really could not have cared less about loads of presents. They were happy with one or two things. As my children have gotten older, their requests have gotten more expensive. I've dubbed this the "year of electronics" - from iPods to tablets and GPS systems, each of my kids has requested an electronic item.
Well, except for the child that really, really wants a new trombone.
I've saved many of the letters to Santa that my children have written, and I treasure them all - the misspelled words, the grandiose ideas, the covert bribery and the list of treats prepared for the Big Man. I've used those letters to remind people to behave, Santa's watching! I've saved them and it's fun to watch a child grow from a tentative scribble to a full fledged I want a new car with a bangin' stereo.
I long for the days of GI Joe. He was a cheaper, easier purchase that didn't come with quite so many responsibilities. This year I'll try to find the items listed, but I can already tell that Santa is going to have a tough time locating the baby dolls that eat and poop that my littlest girls have requested.
the hot new item that’s caught the eye of your children? Do they drop subtle hints or
are they pretty upfront about it?