With the holiday season ramping up, and Black Friday around the corner, most parents are getting ready to start their gift shopping (if they haven't already begun). It's not until we put the tags on Christmas presents that we run into the age-old dilemma: "Is this gift from Mommy and Daddy, or did Santa leave this present under the tree?".
For some parents, gift tagging happens at random, some from Santa, some from mom, some from dad, maybe even one or two from the family dog (who definitely does his own shopping by the way). For others, perhaps a second glance at their kids' wish lists needs to happen to make sure Santa delivered what was asked of him. If they asked for it from Santa, it's coming from Santa, no questions asked. But I'm here to tell you that your gift tagging this year needs to be more deliberate and thought-out than ever before.
When children return to school or daycare after the holidays, decked out in new sweaters and socks, toting branded backpacks and dragging around new dolls or the latest kid-friendly tech, teachers are bound to ask: "What did Santa bring you?". Maybe one kid's Santa got a great bonus, an awesome tax return and brought him an Xbox complete with new headphones and a bunch of new games. But, maybe another child's Santa had a rough year but managed to rally the elves to make a new teddy bear and a pair of socks. Will every kid be grateful for what they got for Christmas? Probably. But will a child wonder why Santa didn't bring them as much as he brought to their friends? 100%.
Reddit users discussed the subject in a recent thread, noting that some kids might think that they weren't "good enough" to deserve more (or more expensive) presents from Santa. Many parents weighed in saying that they wanted to take credit for the big gifts, both to make sure all kids are left feeling equally special, and to earn some street cred with their own children.
Not only that, but other parents chimed in mentioning that some children might feel a greater sense of entitlement when toys come from Santa and not from mom and dad. One user shared "Learned this the hard way when my son got a nice new toy from Santa and immediately start[ed] being rough with it. When I warned him about breaking it, he said, "that's okay, Santa will bring me a new one". It kind of broke my heart because I was a single mom and struggled to save up for that toy. We stopped doing Santa stuff after that".
At the end of the day, holiday disappointment surrounding gifts for kids might arise anyways, whether Santa brings expensive toys or not. Regardless, take credit for those flashy purchases, mamas and dads, or recognize that you're doing the best that you can with the budget you've got -- and that's more than fine. Christmas isn't about big presents or naughty children getting lumps of coal, but about the time that you spend with your loved ones. Quality time will go farther with your children than an iPad or PlayStation ever will. And Santa (hey, big guy) maybe stick to the basics. If you and the elves are struggling to find affordable options that every good little girl and boy will love, Walmart Canada can help you out (with handy gift guides -- like this one!)