Help, I'm a Christmas grump!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011  |  Admin

It's that time of year again. It's only 8th November and I've already had to turn the kids heads away from fully bedecked christmas trees which seem to be popping up everywhere like prickly green warts.
I fully admit that I'm a christmas grump. Don't get me wrong, I love the chance to break the winter up with a holiday and an excuse to get together with family and friends. That bit is great. I can even put up with a christmas tree and decorations (after 13th December though, before that is WAY too early).
The bit I dislike is the rampant, random present buying. It makes me sad to receive pointless gifts which end up being regifted or going straight to a charity shop. I'd much prefer some home-made goodies (which is what I invariably make for in-laws etc) which have had some time, energy and love poured into them.
I also really dislike buying just for the sake of it. Unfortunately, this leaves me with a bit of a problem when it comes to gifts for the kids, especially when it comes to presents for the younger girls. Our house has got plenty of toys suitable for 3 year olds and babies. We just don't need any more lego / baby doll bits / cars / pens and paper. I don't particularly want to buy more 'stuff' just for the sake of it. But on the other hand, Santa needs to buy the girls something, or the boys will get very suspicious!
Thankfully the power of facebook has come up with some great gift suggestions for J who is now 3, but I have no idea whatsoever what to do about the baby (9 months old). Ideally we'd just get her a few small bits and pieces but the boys will notice that she isn't getting as much as them - or will they?
Answers on a postcard please...

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