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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I love Santa letters! Mason still puts cut out catalog pics on his. We had to tell him that he probably wouldn't get all 10 things he had glued on there! Which, of course, caused tears. I've never been quite sure how to explain why they can't get whatever they want. We usually discuss things about not being selfish and being sure every kids gets something. It's worked so far.

We pretty much stuck to the three things concept this year, which I think has work out nicely. I've been able to make it work and hopefully they will like what they asked for!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I put a letter to Santa that my dad had written some 50 years prior in a scrapbook I made him. My Brenna wondered how in the heck did we get our hands on that?! When it had surely been sent to the north pole. I muttered something about a copy, which seemed to work. This Santa business takes a lot of quick thinking!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It DOES require a lot of quick-thinking--you're so right! I took the letters to be mailed, with the understanding I would copy them first.

I think that's so amazing that you have a copy of a letter your dad wrote from so long ago--what a wonderful keepsake!

mouse's picture mouse

E. has been willing to accept that Santa has a dollar limit. He hasn't thought to ask why that's the case. Need to come up with a reason for when he asks.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

L. always had a hard time figuring out why Santa needed a dollar limit. He also questioned--and this was the most difficult part for me--why Santa couldn't bring gobs of presents to poor children and make up for their parents' lack of money for a nice Christmas. T. seems to accept that Santa knows how important it is not to be excessive and greedy...

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

The letter my dad wrote? Yeah, my grandma kept that all these years. It asked for a bb gun (of course) a wrist watch, and a chemistry set. Then we had this great picture of him by the tree with that gun. Great memories! It also made a heck of a scrapbook page. :-)

My gma also had her hospital bill from 1950. Crazy. It was for $60. Insurance picked up most, so I think they had to pay about nine dollars. Wish I'd kept the bills from my kids', we could've compared them. Though that may have just made me cry, so maybe better that I didn't. Some things are best forgotten!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think I remember my dad telling me something crazy about just how much the hospital bill was when my mom had my brother...amazing to think about relative to today's prices!