Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Santa Claus Issues

For whatever reason, Will is not falling in step with the waiting until Christmas to open the gifts rule. We have tried in many different ways to explain, threaten, cajole and soothe his turmoil regarding said waiting. His standard answer is that Santa Claus can just bring some more. Uh-huh.


I was talking to Cecilia about participating in Toys for Tots and she asked me why we were doing this. Explanation about being generous, thankful, season of giving, less fortunate, etc. ensued. She looks at me and says, "Well, why doesn't Santa bring them?". Good question that doesn't really have a good explanation. Any suggestions on this one are appreciated.

The Big List
Santa is watching to see if you are naughty or nice. My kids aren't buying this, I can tell. They are so rotten (but still sweet of course) that it is inconceivable to them that there is even a possibility that the gifts won't appear on Christmas Day, no matter their behavior. Telling, isn't it?

What I really want to accomplish is a sense of gratitude and appreciation for what they have and the life they lead (on their level of course) without scaring them or exposing them to too much. Looking into this and will report back.

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