|Lily xmas 2007|
I have been taking a personal survey of my friends and family.
How do you guys divide up Christmas?
Do your kids get that same amount of presents? The same amount of money spent? Do you even check that kind of thing?
We have ages 14, 8, 4, and ten months. We go with same amount of presents right now. As time goes by we may have to switch that up a bit. A teenager always wants some kind of expensive electronic device, but the five year old just wants to unwrap a bunch of toys.
This year I emailed Santa and we set up a strategy.
Each kid gave one gift to each of the other kids. For example Max has picked out a gift for Emma, Lily and Quinny. Each child will also get one gift from Josh and I. Not two total. One gift from the parents of this funny farm. Then Santa will bring five presents on Christmas Eve.
I find that when I ask people how many gifts their kids get, they all get a sheepish kind of look on their faces. Like when I ask people in the ER how much they smoke. "Only a few cigarettes a day." More like a pack or two a day. Asking how many presents their kids get is what I call in my head a B.S. question. Most people lie about the answer. Maybe lie is too strong a word. Most people give you an answer that they think is right. They don't want to be the person that over does it, and makes Christmas into a commercial craziness. But they also don't want to be a Scrooge.
When I write that they are getting nine presents, I am not including the gifts Santa brings to the whole family, or the pimped out stockings. I am just leaving that out. Or that Santa worked some hard core over time to get the cash to buy those presents.
Now be honest. How many presents do you give your kids? How do you divide up presents?