On perusing my childrenâ€™s Christmas present list today, it has struck me how things have changed.Â I could now harp on about when I was young I was lucky to get an orange in my stocking or how the size of the actual orange was a good indication of how good the present was going to be or not to be as more often the case. But I think my children would die of shock if they thought an orange and one present was all they going to getÂ and I just posted how my magic of Christmas has now gone and I am determined not to turn into the modern day scrooge. So I have a precise list to shop from and Iâ€™m struggling to understand if my children just have no concept of money or they just going for all out this year. Back in my childhood the top presents were things like Etcher Sketch, Connect 4 and Care Bears. Today the modern day equivalants are considered stocking fillers. Today kids want the latest Nintendo or Play Station thing or failing that a couple of games to go on them. Are you kidding me, the games probably cost more than my parents would spend on all of Christmas?
So I am asking you, readers, how do you manage it? Are you organised and have been putting money aside each month throughout the year? (Oh how I envy those with such discipline and organisational skills) or is it a mad panic and belt tightening in the last month of two?
Â Now i know Christmas is not sprung upon us as the shops have been gearing up to it for the past few weeks and funnily enough Christmas does happen every year. But it every year at about this time, i panic. I want my children to have a great Christmas and they know they wonâ€™t get everything on their lists but how on earth do you make one monthâ€™s money stretch across everything that wonâ€™t go away (electric, rent and simple things like eating) and manage to buy my own corner of the local toy shop at the same time? Just because I struggle all the time financially, doesnâ€™t mean they have to feel it too at this time of year.
So readers, spill the beans on your Christmas buying. I might finally learn how to do it for next year.