Keep Gift Expectations Under Control

This article, entitled "Keep Gift Expectations Under Control," comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday blogger from Western Colorado.

Along with all the excitement and joy of the holidays comes the stress of how to pay for it all.

Gift giving is a fun part of the Christmas holiday, but how do you help your kids avoid the excess of the season?

Recently, I came across a helpful form letter to Santa Claus that helps to keep the expectations under control.

The letter says…

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year:

I want ______________________.

I need ______________________.

I’ll wear _____________________.

I’ll read _____________________.

And because I’ve been really good ______________________________.

Using a list like this helps to keep kids from feeling disappointed due to unreasonable gift receiving expectations and helps parents to feel less stressed about the cost of it all.

Of course the most important thing to remember is that the greatest gift a family can give to each other over the holidays is the gift of time; Time for fun, time for good food, and time to reflect on the good things that you share as a family.

Merry Christmas!

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