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Originally posted by lifeform11
our kids know santa does not exsist regardless of cash flow, they know it is us that buys them presents, they know what they get is based on our cash flow. this way if they do not get much they know we did'nt have much to spend.
the only reason parents feel lousy for not being able to afford to buy their kids things is because of the brainwashing and marketing around christmas. you are meant to feel bad so you spend, spend, spend. but the fact is you can still have a enjoyable christmas without all the retail gifts and buying things does not make you a good parent so she should stop thinking that.
Originally posted by NoRegretsEver
If you can donate at least a can for a shelter, or a gift, or even a small donation, this would be a great help to those in need this year. Involve your kids, maybe take one gift from you own, and drop it off at a salvation army.
I'm tearing up as I write this, and I know that though we cant help everyone, that helping at least one person, is a wonderful thing.
Thanks for listening, and Peace, NRE.