Dreaming of a tight Christmas: Tips to keep kids happy when money is scarce

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 10, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    I agree with the philosophy expressed in the article. Once when our children were young in the late 1970s, due to very hectic civic responsibilities, we didn't communicate well with grandparents about coordinating for gifts. Our two daughters received virtually nothing "fun." They received clothing, not fancy either. Their younger brothers received some toys and they all played with them. Later, one daughter remembered that one set of grandparents had left a box of well used books. The two girls checked out the selection and for days happily read old books. It seems as if I recall one being a Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Dec. 10, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    My take: Christmas gifts keep kids happy for about a half a day, and then the "toys" are put away and rarely used again. Buy kids what they need, not what they want in the moment.