How to deal with Christmas morning let down?
A month ago, I injured myself and I've spent the last 4 weeks out of work and on crutches. I may be out for another 6-12 weeks and surgery is a possibility.
In short, our Christmas budget is beyond tight. Our 11 yr old understands and has been crossing things off his Christmas/Birthday wish list. All that's left is a laptop that he knows is a pipe dream and a new pair of sneakers. My little one doesn't understand finances and 100% believes in the magic of Santa. I was able to buy one modest gift for each child and am hoping to buy a few smaller things before the big day.
BUT... My little one came home from school this week and told us that Santa is bringing him an iPad for Christmas. After lots of questions and conversations, I think I figured out what happened. They use the iPad a lot at school in speech and in OT. I believe he asked to take it home and was told that he couldn't, but that if he asks Santa he may get one for Christmas. My little boy is insisting that Santa will deliver an iPad on Christmas morning. And I am heartbroken over the fact that it just will not be able to happen. It's caused quite a ruckus in our house already. His big brother told me this morning that he doesn't really need anything for Christmas, and we should not buy him anything in order to be able to afford to buy the iPad for his brother. Thing is, even if no one else got gifts, that iPad is still so out of reach.
How do I make him understand? How do I make Christmas morning fun and magical and exciting even without an iPad under the tree? How do I prepare him now? I've explained that Santa doesn't make iPads and that they are really only for bigger kids and grown ups and that Santa will bring the gift that he thinks David will like best. And he always replies with " Santa is going to bring me an iPad for Christmas"