For those who celebrate Christmas, I’ve come to realise that everyone handles Santa a little differently. In our home, Santa fills the stocking and brings 2-3 gifts. The rest of the gifts come from me and my husband.
We decided to do it this way early on so that we could explain to our son why it was still important to donate and help others in need at Christmastime.
“Maybe some parents can’t afford to get the extra gifts like we’re able to,” we’d say. “This will help them give their kids a little extra, too.” It seemed like a balance between allowing him to experience the magic of believing in Santa while still making it clear that not everyone has as much as he does.
One member of our Offspring Facebook Group takes it one step further, using Santa as the conduit through which they give. Here’s what Angelita says:
I’m pretty anti stuff. So we purge often. But every since our daughter was 4, she was old enough to pick out a few “special” toys she doesn’t play with anymore and leave them under the tree for Santa. In our house, Santa only brings one thing. But she gives him these “special” things Santa can give to families whose parents don’t also buy Christmas gifts. This way those kids get an extra special Christmas.
It’s a smart way for their family to give and purge old toys before the influx of new stuff.