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Should children write out a Christmas List?

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Year after year, Christmas is a magical time of surprises, wishes, and dreams. Do we take the captivating spirit of the season away by asking our children to write out Christmas requests? Under the guise of ‘letting Santa know what you want for Christmas,’ aren’t we as parents taking the easier road?

When we ask our children to identify their Christmas desires, are we setting ourselves up for failure? Some children take that ‘oh so big deep breath’ and rattle off to Santa everything they could possible fit into those few precious minutes; while other have that one special gift that they save for his ears only. Each can provide our children with that magical moment of talking directly to the Big Guy himself, but what happens after that?

What do we do when the item our child chooses is out of our reach? Do our kids expect Santa to bring them everything they want? Are we allowing expectations to be set so high that we lose sight of the importance of giving and receiving? Are we laying down the groundwork that would later have our children wanting only the best; even if they can’t afford it?

What if you embrace Christmas as a magical season of surprises? If you’re spending a good deal of time with your children, you already know their likes and dislikes. You come to know their favorite colors, their favorite characters and super heroes, and what they most enjoy doing. Let their gifts under the tree be filled with surprise and amazement. After all, if Santa knows whether you’ve been good or bad all year, don’t you think he knows you well enough to pick out a special gift for you.

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