You might think that I am jubilantly dancing a happy dance over how well I have brainwashed my children. But I am not.
I have kids who don’t really whine about wanting “things.” They do not covet designer labels and high priced luxury goods. They feel bad asking for stuff. They have more than most kids and are pretty happy with what they already have. They really don’t need anything.
So, how am I supposed to create a good Christmas Morning Experience this year? Getting socks and underwear for Christmas is all well and good, as long as there are other presents to open. I mean, really.
My problem is that I don’t want to spend money just to spend money. We really do not need more things cluttering up our space and we have limited resources. I try to be selective about how much extra stuff we have and how we spend time. This makes gift-giving a little difficult. My kids might think that going on trips and doing activities as a family is fun tolerable, but these things would not feel like a good present to them (because going on a trip is usually something I want to do!). Since they are used to getting what they need, things like new shoes or clothes do not feel like special presents.
And buying a heifer for someone in a third-world country is all well and good, and maybe we will actually do that this year, but it is really not very fun on Christmas morning. For us, at least. I know it is completely selfish and ridiculous that this is a big problem for me, but I know my kids will be sad if there are not at least a few things to open on Christmas morning.
My kids are not spoiled or over-indulged and I don’t want them to become that way. The problem is that they are kids who still love the magic of Christmas and I don’t want that feeling to dissolve into adult reality any sooner than it has to.
Don’t berate me, please, I already feel lousy. I know this is a screwed up problem to be worried about. I know that being stressed about creating a happy Christmas Morning Experience for my kids is gross when so many people have so little. I feel like a Christmas pig. Do you have the same issues? I would welcome any and all thoughts about how you deal with this.