Bring back the Christmas Magic!
I had to share this because it does make me laugh!
Christmas is just around the corner yet I was still awaiting my boy’s Christmas lists.
When I was younger my christmas list was thought through, revised, checked and then checked some more.
I always handed my list to my mum months before the big day, I didn’t want Santa to forget anything now did I.
Things have changed somewhat since I was a child, by November I had expected the kid’s Christmas lists to be delivered to me.
By last week I was starting to panic a little bit, I had no Christmas lists and had done no shopping. I was listening to parents who had done most of their shopping whilst I was here with no gifts to put in the Christmas stockings or under the tree!
I couldn’t leave it any longer and I couldn’t believe I had to actually ask my children not once or twice but three times for their christmas lists.I gave them an ultimatum of one final day to have the Christmas lists wrote and handed to me, after that santa would not be visiting our house at Christmas.
That evening at 8pm I was busy on my laptop when an email popped through from my eldest son, with the subject Re: Birthday/Christmas.I was extremely curious to see just what was in the email, more amazed when not only did I find a list of items he would like for his Birthday & Christmas but it came with links too to the websites where I could purchase the exact items from.
I was absolutely gobsmacked, Is this what the world has come to been emailed a Christmas list with links!!!
My son is nearly 17 so I thought maybe it is an age thing and that he has lost the ability to pick up a pen and paper and walk downstairs with a list.
It got to 10 o’clock and my youngest son had still not appeared with anything that resembled a Christmas list. He did however come downstairs for a drink and flippantly mentioned ” I have emailed my Christmas list part 1, done a wishlist on Amazon and doing part 3 now” I nearly choked on my cup of tea. I was speechless when did 11 year olds start emailing Christmas lists and in parts.
I opened the email, no links this time, just endless Toys, games and gadgets and a further 17 items on the Amazon wish list!
Part one had 20 items on alone, I was scared to look at his Amazon wish list and part two of the Christmas list.
I wish I hadn’t been panicking about not having their Christmas lists, now I am just worrying about how I will pay for everything they want and the time scale I had to do the Christmas shopping.
Obviously I am not buying everything on the lists, I have been trying to explain to an 11-year-old about the state of the economic crisis our country is in and that Santa might be having cutbacks this year .
We have also been and donated Toys for the Daybreak Toy appeal for children and their siblings in hospice’s, we also donated a few new board games to the ‘Cash for Kids’ appeal in Yorkshire to make sure every child gets at least one gift this Christmas.
I am hoping this will make my son aware that Christmas is not just about getting an endless amount of gifts but giving to those even less fortunate than ourselves. Times are hard for everyone and Toy prices seem to get higher each year, I did get a lovely feeling from spending a little less on my own to help another child.
If this doesn’t work, Any Suggestions?
Why not take a look at our Christmas gifts for him