Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chrsitmas is on its way...


 I am sure I am not the only mama that has their kids asking them for everything they see in a magazine, commercial or at the store.

The problem is deciphering what they will actually play with. 

Abby's number one thing on her list....

Yes, a bunny!
I know most of you are probably rolling your eyes right now (even my mother) but she LOVES animals and really wants one, or a cat (which we can't get since family members are allergic).
I had about 5 pet bunnies when I was little and I loved them....they stunk, but I loved them! I am now a clean freak and don't think the smell would be an issue, since the cage would be cleaned every other day.
Do and of you have a bunny...or any advice on a small breed?


Chase's number one thing on his list....

A Nintendo DSi!
He has a Leapster, but wants a 'big boy' Nintendo Dsi. I know many kids who have them and love them, I just don't see the difference besides it being newer and having better graphics and different games. Boys will be boys!
Do any of your kids have a Nintendo DS? If so, what good games are there?!

Kenzie hasn't a clue in the world, but loves Elmo, monkeys and anything dealing with baby dolls.


We gave the kids the Target toys magazine to look through and circle things that they liked. Well, lets just say, they must think we are millionaires. There were a lot of circles!
I remember getting the BIG Toys R' Us Toy magazine when I was a kid and making a list to Santa. My brothers and I would fight over that magazine, to look at all the toys. 

Oh the memories of being a 'care free' kid!

One of my toughest decisions is how many gifts should come from 'Santa' and how many should come from 'the parent(s)?' I know this entirely depends on income for each home, but put that aside and be realistic. What do you think is appropriate?

9 comments:

Cameron and Wendy said...

Ahhh! I am getting to excited for Christmas! In our Family, we tyoically give the kids one big present from Santa (right now my kids are young, so "Big" to them may be a doll, but as they get older it may be something like a DSi) and then smaller things in the stocking (movies, candy, socks, toothbrush, small stuffed animal, etc...). From us, there is usually one nice thing (but usually not as "big" as the big Santa gift), and maybe two or three other smaller things, like clothes, or a game or something. Then they also get gifts from grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. Hope that helps!

Mandy said...

I love bunnies! I used to show them all the time. My all time favorite one was a mini lop. I think she had by the far the best temperament (not sure if it was because of her breed and because she was handled at such a young age). They only get to be about 3-4 lbs so they are small. Another small breed to look into would be the Drawfs. I never personally owned them so I don't know how they are, but I always thought they were cute. Good luck!

MomBrose said...

I'm allergic to cats and bunnies. I was told that the two allergies often go hand in hand. So, if you have family that's allergic to kitties, you might have the same issue with rabbits. My girls would love one too but I couldn't have it in the house and I think leaving it outside is a poor option for us. Plus, our dogs would go bonkers! :)

One thing we did last year that was SO fun was letting the girls shop for each other (with a budget of course). They loved getting into the gift GIVING part and they all really appreciated the gifts from their sisters. :)

Amy said...

Thankfully my kids don't know what things cost. So in our house I do my best to have the same number of gifts per child. I also try to if I can do kind of the same thing like the oldest 2 girls are both going to get some clothes and a pair of pj's. So I will make sure they are wrapped in teh same number of boxes. From Santa we do one bigger item and a few small things for the stockings. Big item I suppose around $50 (roughly).

I start shopping early. I like to get deals and clearance but also thigns I know they will love. I could shop non-stop for my 3 year old. But my almost 10 year old is at an odd stage of liking toys but yet almost too old for most of them.

My parents spent $100 on myself and siblings. They have done that now for a few years. She likes it equal!

Susan said...

The kids have lots of family members who buy them gifts. I'd suggest keeping your gift giving to a minimum - I like the idea of one bigger gift from Santa and a couple from you. Then let the rest of the family do the rest. Love you Kel! You're a great mom - even if you do want to get Abby a bunny.

Mommy3 said...

This year things are tight for us so we are doing two gifts per kid (a bigger one from santa and then one from us) and some goodies in their stockings!

Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! said...

In our house, all the presents come from Santa. On Christmas Eve they get 2 presents from us: new Christmas pajamas and a small toy.
Dylan is asking for a DSi for his birthday. He just wants money or gift cards so he can get one. The Lego games are pretty cool for it!

Katie said...

i had a minn lop that are the best! I am also allergic to cats and had no problems with them. boys area best

Nicki said...

My husband and I had a bunny and she was wonderful! We had one minor issue after her foot got hurt. Apparently rabbits do terrible things to themselves when they get hurt. I won't go into detail but I will just say that she forced herself to get two toes amputated... :) They are really sweet, fun animals that enjoy being around people/ other bunnies. They do not like to be alone! We actually had ours litter trained and she loved getting to show off! When they are really happy, they do something called a bunny dance and it's absolutely adorable!

I really try not to worry about the santa/ parent balance. Things have been tight for us but we usually just buy what they need and then just pick something to come from mom and dad and then a small something to come from brother/ sister. When they get old enough, they can pick out each other's gifts. I find it so much better not to worry about counting gifts or who they came from!

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