Now that the hustle & bustle of the holiday season is starting, we are experiencing our first taste of Christmas shopping for our son. He will be 11 months in December, there are SO many toys and things that we could buy for him. The question is how much is too much and where do you draw the line? Lets be honest, he isn’t going to remember what he got at this age and he probably will play more with the boxes his toys came in than the actual toy…
I think the amount of money spent on kids today at Christmas is crazy! Don’t get me wrong spoiling your kids durning the holidays is just as fun for the parents to watch the excitement on their faces but spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars seems insane to me.
Just the sense of entitlement kids have today, I believe is stemmed from how spoiled they are. So is it now that we set boundaries for how much we spend on him or is that something to start worrying about later?
The consumerism today at Christmas is all about buy, buy, buy. (Now I see nothing wrong in buying gifts for people & think completely boycotting buying anything is ridiculous because gifting giving has been apart of Christmas traditions for thousands of years). It’s the amount that is expected for people to buy/spend that is crazy.
What happened to it being all about spending time with loved ones? That should be the most important part of the holidays. Making those memorable traditions for your kids to treasure, whether it be baking cookies & decorating them together, going tobogganing, watching a certain Christmas movie every year, putting up the Christmas tree, having a big family dinner, etc… These are things that kids are going to have the most memories of, not the amount of presents they got! Sometimes the best gifts are the priceless ones.