Have you ever watched your child's reaction when opening a gift they didn't really want? Or has your child ever told you the gifts they expected, not what they would've liked but literally what they expected? I have noticed more kids these days having this sense of entitlement. With Christmas so close now, and how stressed I am about trying to buy my kids some gifts period, I started to think about my Christmas experience as a child. I want my kids to realize that Christmas is not about what gifts you get but the things, friends and family you have already. Easier said then done!
I know when I was a kid I couldn't wait for Christmas morning and I could care less about the things I already had, not until I was a little older and realized we were basically poor. I remember one year I wanted a type writer so bad, this was before computers were in almost every home! I came out Christmas morning and there was a huge box, I just knew it was my type writer! I saved it for the very last gift to open. I was so excited, I couldn't get the wrapping off fast enough. I was so disappointed to see a box for a plastic shelving unit. I was heart broken, and as much as I tried to hide my disappointment you could still see it in my face. My eyes were stinging from holding the tears back, so I quickly got my gifts together and put them away in my room.
That Christmas taught me something though. I was only 10 or 11 at the time and I had learned that in life you can't always get what you want. Something we all learn at some point, mine just happen to have a Christmas morning attached to it. As much as I don't want to let my children feel that same disappointment, I know they need to at some point. Whether it be a Christmas morning, Easter, or a birthday.
We know you can't always get what you want, and maybe it's best that we don't. :)