I don't think everyone starts out the year not being prepared. Some of you don't realize that within a year a lot can happen. You can be prepared and something can come up that can cause problems. Yes you can put money back but then something happens and there goes the money you put back.
You can have a job lose, to car repairs to and emergency. all of that can take you from the money that you put back.
Then you have the ones who can't put money back. They struggle to buy food and pay bill, much less put money back for Christmas. Or even buying stuff throughout the year. while you may be able to see something on clearance and get it someone else can be grocery shopping and see something but they are on a set budget of what they can buy, so while it may only cost $5 or $10; that $5 or $10 comes out of their grocery money and can't do it.
Then you have the ones who have older children. preteen and teens. what they like and will even play with will change throughout the year. so a toy that costs a couple of dollars from the store will be a waste because by christmas, they won't even like it anymore.
Then you have the ones here on cafemom who bitch and think if you are on PA that you are not allowed to put money back for Christmas. I was on food stamps last year, I am no longer on them. but i made a post that i bought Christmas with money i put back from my change and i was told that i was screwing the system because i saved all of my change and bought Christmas with it.
Anyways, there are plenty of reason that can cause someone to not be able to provide Christmas present for their children. It isn't always black and white.