Christmas is a very expensive time of year and while most of us try our best to keep the cost down, it can hard when it comes to your kid’s Santa list. The last thing any parent wants on Christmas morning is a disappointed child, so it can be easy to just go with what they ask for, even if it does push your budget right over.
However, our very clever mums have a few little tricks up their sleeves to keep their little one’s list short and sweet. In fact, one mum believes calling it a Santa list in the first place is starting off on the wrong foot: “For a start it shouldn't be a 'list' thats demanding from the start it should be a 'letter' [sic]”. However, while giving it a different name can help, many kids while not writing a list as such just go on to write a really long letter.
The easiest way to keep costs down is to limit the amount of presents each child can ask for, but how can you do that when Santa is magic and has an entire workshop dedicated to making toys? Well, one mum has a perfectly good answer to this problem: “My boys will be allowed to ask for one thing each and a surprise, cause santa can't carry a load for everyone! [sic]”.
Most kids are aware of the spirit of Christmas so telling them that Santa’s sleigh is not big enough to carry four or five toys for each child is a good way to go. Another mum also chooses to tell her children Santa had limited resources, this time using money: “Tell them he has a budget that's shared across all the children in the world and if you don't be good and share you get nothing [sic]”
While money and how much the Man in Red has to spend was a good way to limit the number of presents a child can ask for, some mums go about it in a slightly different way. One admits: “My daughter thinks that we send the money to Santa for her presents and he makes and delivers them. Santa doesn't do these things for free you know, that keeps things in check for us [sic]”
Limiting the number of presents that each of their kids can ask for is the easiest and most popular way to keep spending low, but some of our mums were a little more creative. “We ask them to write a list to Santa but explain to them that Santa will choose a few things off that list to give to them. It's impossible and unaffordable get everything on the list!” said one, which leaves what they actually receive entirely up to Santa. Another agreed: “I have never gotten everything off the list because I think that's too much, I have always said Santa will leave the toys he thinks you will get the most fun out of, and if he thinks something on your list isn't really that great for you he will leave something he thinks is better. The list goes with Santa so no ticking off can happen either!!! [sic]”
However, not every youngster is looking for lots of presents or even expensive ones - this mum in particular is very lucky: “I'm lucky my son (5) has just asked santa for a new toothbrush haha cheap Xmas for us [sic]”