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#1 stars87

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:41 AM

I have been thinking about this for a little while but am really not sure how to go about it if the question comes up! We did the Kmart Wishing Tree last year with my daughter, she helped pick out a gift and knew it was going to another little girl who might not get many presents. She was very sweet about it...although got upset when we put it in the wishing tree trolley and she couldn't see the little girl waiting for her gift laugh.gif We also do the whole Santa thing in our family as well.

This year she is obviously a lot more aware of Santa and has a better understanding of things. It may not come up but I am wondering how the explanation of some families not having much money to buy presents (the reason for the wishing tree gift) will sit with the idea of Santa bringing children presents anyway? Hmmm.

I am sure there is an easy answer but just wondering how/if anyone else has tackled this if it arises?


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#2 aChocLover

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:27 AM


My DDs are 5 and almost 7, and to be honest, the "but doesn't Santa bring gifts to them?" question has never arisen.

This year we've donated a number of the girls toys "to children who aren't as lucky as them". I try not to play on the affordability of it - rather, some families are just not in a position to get given lots of presents/toys etc.

DD1 and DD2 have actually opted to buy a goat each for a family overseas, rather than receive a toy from us (we buy gifts as well as Santa). Their choice - it all came about because they saw a TV advertisement and letter drop/pamphlet depicting the circumstances and we discussed at length "that some countries aren't as lucky as us."

.... DD1 and DD2 did both wonder how we were going to fit a goat in the mailbox though biggrin.gif

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:21 PM

When I was little, my parents told me that Santa used to "bill" them for the presents we'd ordered, and that was why not everyone was able to get presents. Dad even prepared an invoice to keep stashed in the filing cabinet to show us rolleyes.gif . But still, it makes as much sense as any of it.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Dec 14 2011, 12:27 PM) View Post

DD1 and DD2 have actually opted to buy a goat each for a family overseas, rather than receive a toy from us (we buy gifts as well as Santa). Their choice - it all came about because they saw a TV advertisement and letter drop/pamphlet depicting the circumstances and we discussed at length "that some countries aren't as lucky as us."

Your kids are awesome! biggrin.gif

As for the wishing tree, Id just maybe say these gifts arent coming from "santa" but parents who are not able to give their children presents...
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 05:35 PM

We have done the talk with Raya for the wishing tree. We talk about Christmas being a time for giving. The Kmart tree is also for teenagers and for older grown up elderly people who won't get gifts. So I told Raya Santa watches to see who has a kind heart and giving to others is a sign of having a kind heart. She didn't ask why parents weren't buying for those people. She is 3.5 years old
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:49 PM

I read this tonight, sounds like an idea to tackle the curly questions.

I told my 3.5 year old that Santa will bring a present to all boys and girls, but some parents can't afford presents for their children, so we're picking out a special present that will go to a little girl and make her happy. It's worked so far.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Dec 14 2011, 11:27 AM) View Post

DD1 and DD2 have actually opted to buy a goat each for a family overseas, rather than receive a toy from us (we buy gifts as well as Santa). Their choice - it all came about because they saw a TV advertisement and letter drop/pamphlet depicting the circumstances and we discussed at length "that some countries aren't as lucky as us."

.... DD1 and DD2 did both wonder how we were going to fit a goat in the mailbox though biggrin.gif

Your children are so sweet wub.gif

We give presents to the children as well as Santa, so we say it is for the less fortunate children who's parents cant afford to give them presents.
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