Every year I take the kids on what we call a “scouting mission”.
This is when we go to the toy store and look at all the toys and take pictures of or point out anything that they may possibly want for Christmas.
It doesn’t matter what it is, they can take a picture of it.
As it gets closer to Christmas, they need to narrow their choices down to the top three items they want to put on their list for Santa, within reason.
Right now, Stella has about twenty two things on her list.
There’s a reason they only pick their top three items. In their top three items, they know that Santa doesn’t bring them electronics or elaborate gifts.
One, Teddy and Maizie both have birthdays fairly close to Christmas (November and December).
Two, because of what I do, they get a lot of toys sent to them anyway.
And three, they know that Santa needs to make sure that he gets gifts to the less fortunate kids before them.
Because of reason number three, my kids know that Santa won’t bring them electronics or anything expensive. If they get something like that (tablet, game system) it will be from us.
We have done this for several years and they love it.
When we go see Santa and he asks what they want for Christmas, they can tell him without hesitation.
This way everyone can have a Merry Christmas.
How do you handle super long Christmas lists?