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December 6, 2011
We started off saying that we weren’t going to get much for Rylie and Bryce this Christmas, and I guess compared to last year, we really haven’t. They have way too much stuff as it is, and they just don’t need anything else. I received several items through my blog for review that I set aside to give to them for Christmas, but since most of it was for Rylie, I felt like I had to buy more for Bryce to make things “even”. Well then I saw a few other things that I knew Rylie really wanted, so I bought those for her. (Her Christmas list consisted of earrings and makeup, so I can at least say that Santa will be bringing her everything she asked for.)
As it stands right now, Rylie’s present count is higher than Bryce’s. He’s 2, so it isn’t like he is going to be counting their gifts, and I’m not concerned this year. At least not enough to go out and get him more toys we don’t have room in our house for. What about when they are 5 and 6? Will they notice if one has a couple more gifts than the other? If they are anything like my brother and I were when we were little, they will be too busy tearing the paper off their gifts as fast as they possibly can and not paying any attention to how many gifts the other kid has.
My issue this year is size. We don’t have any “big” gifts for Rylie. It just worked out that all of her gifts are small in size. Bryce, on the other hand, is getting a workbench that will most likely be assembled under the tree. So now I am wondering if Rylie is going to take issue with the fact that Bryce got a BIG present and she didn’t. My husband doesn’t think so, and he is probably right, but you never know with kids. I like to avoid the Christmas morning meltdowns if at all possible.
At least I don’t have to worry about the monetary aspect of the Christmas gifts yet. My kids don’t understand the value of a dollar, so I could spend $100 on one and $10 on the other and they would have no idea. I know, though, that it is just a matter of time. Tweens and teens want electronics, and that makes for quite the expensive Christmas, I’m sure. When they do understand the value of money, though, I imagine that we will try to keep things equitable that way.
I realize that there is more to Christmas than gifts, and more important things than trying to keep things “fair” for your children. If you do celebrate Christmas with gifts, though, and have multiple children, I’m sure you want everyone to be happy on Christmas morning and don’t want one child to feel slighted because their sibling got more than they did. So tell me, how do you keep it fair and equal?