Monday, November 17, 2008

Do you give your kids Santa stuff?

And let me clairify, I would love to hear a lot of opinions and comments on this, BUT, just as I would not disrespect people that "don't," please don't be rude to those that "do."

I am aware of the real meaning of Christmas, before anyone points that one out, too :)

I just wondered:

  • Who all does do the Santa thing?
  • What's your favorite part of it?
  • What's the worst part of it?
  • Do you have any unique traditions?
  • IF you want to cough up how much you spend, go for it. That's your call.

For the record, we do Santa. I love it. I think this will be our last year to pull it off. The hardest part is hiding the stuff, and sneaking it into the living room. We open one gift on the 24th, which is always pj's for the girls. I don't have a set ammount to spend. but we usually do one "large" thing and a lot of small ones. (I do wrap Santa stuff, too)


Cassie Burke November 17, 2008 at 11:38:00 AM CST  

Who all does do the Santa thing?-We do the santa thing to an extent.Most of the presents are from us.Whatever santa brings is unwrapped and put together.
What's your favorite part of it?My fav part is the look on my kids faces when they wake up and come to the tree and see all of the presents and what santa has left.It's truely priceless!
What's the worst part of it?I think trying to be quiet so they don't hear at night when we're putting the stuff out.We don't wanna get
Do you have any unique traditions?We stay at home Christmas's our time to be with OUR family and let the kids play with all of their new toys.My mom and dad also come over on christmas morning to watch the kids open their presents.I cook Christmas breakfast and we just have a great time!
IF you want to cough up how much you spend, go for it. That's your call.I spend a lot.Christmas is my thing and Brady says baby do what you do!I normally spend a total of about 3-4 thousand on christmas total.It's totally worth it to me.

Shelley November 17, 2008 at 11:43:00 AM CST  

I FINALLY stood up and said we were staying home on Christmas day this year, and I can't wait!!!!

Rosjuane November 17, 2008 at 12:16:00 PM CST  

Who all does do the Santa thing?I do the santa thing.

What's your favorite part of it? Yes all of the above.

What's the worst part of it? Not getting credit. LOL just joking. I think for me it's wrapping.

Do you have any unique traditions?
Staying home this year

IF you want to cough up how much you spend, go for it. That's your call. I would say like $1000 between the two of them.

Shelley November 17, 2008 at 12:17:00 PM CST  

oh you can still get credit, this is what I do: Tell my kids that although Santa MADE all that, I have to PAY for it. I mail that fat jolly ol' man a check :) Keeps things more in perspective, so that they are not totally unrealistic with their wish lists.

Jennifer November 17, 2008 at 12:32:00 PM CST  

We do Santa, but we don't wrap the gifts. My mom never did, so I just stuck with the tradition! My favorite part is seeing how excited they are to see all their new stuff!

Maury November 17, 2008 at 12:38:00 PM CST  

This will be our 1st year to not do Santa with our kids...but I told them to keep the secret for our youngest girl. I just told them b/c I am horrible about hiding, and when I told them we were cutting way back on presents this year, they said,"oh, that's o.k. Santa will get them for me." So that is when we decided to tell them Santa was a no.

We are not big X-mas spenders. We tend to spend around $100 per kid, and are even talking about less than that this year. We don't buy "big" gifts ever. My family usually gives them a lot of money, and we let them go out and spend about half that on what they wanted but didn't get. November 17, 2008 at 12:38:00 PM CST  

We do the Santa thing as well,and even though we are bad at it,our kids still firmly believe in Santa.My favorite part is that the kids believe in that kind of magic.The idea of it-is wonderful.It means that for one morning,everyone has a chance to be equal,no matter race,gender or economic status,it gives the promise of...if you are good,then Santa will come to see you.But I imagine the fallout for those that do believe and who's parents CANT afford it,is horrible-
Physically,the worst part for us is,of course,putting the stuff out.We usually save the biggest items to be from Santa.We put it together but we do not wrap it,they are also usually the most expensive items under the tree.We dont have a set amount we spend,but we do try to keep the amount equal between kids,there have been years where I have spent thousands and years where I have spent hundreds,it just depends.We cant keep the gifts equal though,last year we bought K a really nice vanity and bench from Santa that was like $300 or something like that,but we couldnt find the other two anything equaling that.The roles have been reversed this year,I can find the other two something like that(I will email you what I found) and not her-but she will get something good too.

We do go to my MILs house on Christmas day.But at our own pace,the kids are usually rarin' to go and she only lives a block away-everyone else we see either before Christmas day or after.

I dont know about traditions per se,we make(ALOT) cookies homemade with Jamies family every year,but not on Christmas day.We just kind of do what we do,dont know if there is any rhyme or reason to it.LOL

Darlene November 17, 2008 at 12:53:00 PM CST  

I love the way my daughter does the Santa thing and wish I had thought of it when my girls were small.

Santa fills the stockings. That's it.

No putting together the big items at the last minute. The expensive items are from mom and dad, not Santa. Takes all the stress out of Christmas.

The kids rush to the stockings on Christmas day to see what Santa put there. Their excitement is no different that what my kids had for Santa.

Isn't it great we can all celebrate Christmas any way we want!

Debbi November 17, 2008 at 12:55:00 PM CST  

Who all does do the Santa thing?
yeah we do the santa thing, but last year was the first year we went to the mall and had the boys sit on santa's lap, because before 3, we didn't really think that they knew what we were doing and I didn't want to push it if they didn't even get it. they only get one gift from santa each...usually not too big either

What's your favorite part of it?
two years ago we got them both one gift together from santa, a train table (we found it for $70!!) and they were so excited - gage actually said to me, I am SOOO happy, over and over. It made me smile all day.

What's the worst part of it?
staying up trying to put together the train table was kinda hard?! I think it's fun though

Do you have any unique traditions?
we always stay at home Christmas day, just ourselves. I can't think of a ton right now, but I know we do a lot, I love traditions

IF you want to cough up how much you spend, go for it. That's your call.
Because of our situtation - still being in school right now, we spent very little - maybe $20 - 30 a piece. They get so many presents from everyone else they don't even notice that we don't get them a ton.

The Perry Family November 17, 2008 at 1:01:00 PM CST  

i love the whole santa thing and will be truly upset when we don't get to do it anymore. when i believed in santa was the best time..just the excitement around it was so great! i want that same feelings for my kiddos. we have some friends that their religion does not do the whole christmas thing and their kids told my kids two years ago and last year that there was no such thing. i told my kids that yes, there was and they wouldn't get anything if they didn't believe. i know that was probably wrong, but i didn't want my kids to find out when they were 5 and 3! i have also asked those children to quit talking about that in front of mine and told them that it was rude to tell others as others may believe. i have gotten terrible this year on hiding stuff. just saturday, the kids saw some stuff that i had in the back of the tahoe and they started asking me about it. we don't have anywhere to put it right now except for storage buildings that will hopefully be emptied next week (fingers crossed). we bake cookies for santa on christmas eve and leave them out for with milk and we leave food outside for the reindeer (dried oatmeal). i feel bad when seeing what others spend, i spend more..anyone that knows me knows i have a spending habit! :)

Laken November 17, 2008 at 2:03:00 PM CST  

Who all does do the Santa thing?

This is actually Oak's 2nd Christmas, but she was only 3 months old last year so she had no clue what was going on. I doubt she will have much of a clue this year, so all of the presents will just be from us. Next year we will do Santa and I can't wait!

What's your favorite part of it?

My favorite part this year is going to be when I see her light up over her new toys in the living room! Again, although she has no idea that Santa Claus even exists, I know she will be super excited!

IF you want to cough up how much you spend, go for it. That's your call.

Wow, I though I spent a lot on Christmas, but when I seen what some of these people spend, I don't feel so bad after all.

Shelley November 17, 2008 at 3:55:00 PM CST  

well, I love it, and I think I will be like the Hillis' and keep buying Santa even when I know they know better. I think it is fun in a HUGE way, and we have a ball.
When my kids figure out the whole Santa things isn't true, I know they won't be truly "upset" and heartbroken. I know my kids better than that!

ash November 17, 2008 at 10:31:00 PM CST  

I love Christmas time!!! Yes im 27 and my brother is 22 and we still do Santa at my house....if you do not believe you do not recieve...yes we know differently but its still fun and its something our family enjoys! We have several presents under the tree....we get to open one gift on christmas eve and its our matching pj's and my parents and my brother and I do this and we take a family pic in front of the tree! Then we play games as a family and go to bed.... my brother and i sleep in the same bed and we get up Christmas morning and run into the living room to see what santa brought us!!!! its so much fun then we put everything back in our stocking like we didnt touch a thing and we go wake up mom and dad!!! Then we do it all over again like they dont know we have went through everything!!! Then we take turns opening gifts and going through our stockings!!!

We do the 23rd with my mom's sister and its a big dinner and no gifts.....

we do the the christmas eve dinner or snack foods with the Riley family and exchange gifts...then home to start our family tradition

Christmas morning we have cinnamon rolls and hot chocholate for breakfast....clean up and get ready and we head to my mom's parents for christmas day lunch and spend the day there with family!

This has been our tradition since i remember and i plan to keep the pj and family night the same when i have kids!!!

Haley November 18, 2008 at 8:12:00 AM CST  

Okay so I do the Santa thing!! But this is only my 2nd year to do it and it was pretty fun to watch him see all his new toys last year so I can only wait for this year to see how he reacts.

What's your favorite part! Decorating the tree wrapping the gifts and getting to see my little mans face with all of his new stuff!

What's the worst part of it? Spending all of that money for one day, I love to buy him toys all year long!

Do you have any unique traditions?
24th go to my Nanny and Paps been doing this my whole life. 25th spending time with Gary parents and that night spending time with my family. But really not sure if we will do both on the 25th this year!

IF you want to cough up how much you spend, go for it. That's your call.
Not much I can tell you that, I don't want him to beleive that getting gifts is what Christmas is all about. I want him to appreciate what he has and what he receives. Plus we are broke so that does not make things any better! But I would say about $200 if that, because that is more than enough for just him.

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