Now I get its fun to shop for a baby girl. I get that its fun to have your first grandchild. I love that they wanted to spoil her.
I do however want to discuss their shopping habits before they get out to the mall this year. For one Baby Girl is an only child for the foreseeable future. I don't want her to be spoiled. I want her to appreciate the little things. To be honest at this point her favorite things to play with are not toys. She loves the mac & cheese box in her kitchen that I gave her from the recycling. She spends more time chasing the cat then the balls we have bought her. So she doesn't need toys.
I also want to be considerate to the fact that we live in a diverse area. We have HUD housing one direction and the "hill section" the other direction. Kids at school will have a diverse amount that they will receive from Santa. I want her to appreciate the magic of Christmas without the stuff and the potential for jealousy from her peers.
So I thought I'd do a little research to find out what the average parent spends on the holidays so I had some sort of benchmark as to what the limit should be. So the Today show had a survey for how much parents spent- $271! Last year we maybe spent $50 on Baby Girl. I think she had a perfectly fine Christmas. How much stuff does a kid need? She still gets excited about toys that resurface from the bottom of the toy bin- that says she has enough. Now do not get me wrong I'm sure I can pack a few toys away, give a few away, and make room for more age appropriate stuff- but there still should be a limit.
So now I'm not sure how to set the limit. I do not think "Santa" can bring more then a toy, a book, and an outfit per child. There are just too many children in this world. Grandma and Grandpa can give a few toys but isn't the point of the holidays about being together- not stuff. I feel like now is the time to set limits but am i being a scrooge or am I just old fashioned?
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