So this all started with the creche that Riley attends handing out, as they usually do at this time of the year, Toys R Us booklets.  Riley came home with one on Monday night and when I say that this child is studying the book…I mean it!  He spent ages looking through it on Monday night, he looked through it the minute he woke up yesterday morning and even managed to squeeze in a REAL CRYING when we told him that his demands were a.bit.excessive (I may have called him MAD because well…that’s how he seems to me right now!!!).  He looked through it during dinner time last night, after bathtime, and the first thing he did this morning when he woke up was fetch the book and look through it AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On day 1, he eyeballed a motorbike – a real electronic motorbike – which costs R1,200.  [Side note: for those of you who haven’t heard me talk about this before, let me just put you in the picture…both our kids’ birthdays are in December, Santa comes to school with a gift AND they get a gift from Santa on Christmas Day plus one from mum and dad as well…December is a hell of an expensive month for the Howe family!!!  So a single gift of R1,200 is definitely not part of the plan].  His Christmas WANT (not wish, this is 3year old with a mission!!) list has continued to grow extensively since Monday.  The motorbike is first of course, but there is a Paw Patrol boat which costs R1,000…expensive taste hey??!!!!  He wants a gun, a baseball set, a telescope, a new school bag and a whole host of other things.

Ethan found, in the same magazine (I didn’t mention that we now have three of these magazines as the school sent another one home yesterday and I picked one up in the store on Monday evening after I went to exchange something), a Play Station or X-Box or one of these equally insanely priced items, but this one was top of the range quite obviously at a whopping price of R6,600.  So I tell Ethan there’s no way I can afford to buy this, it’s the cost of a brand new laptop.  His response…well then I’ll have a laptop instead!

Let me add here that we haven’t even started to make the actual gift list for Santa, this was all purely browsing…I’m afraid, very afraid!!!  Let’s just say that this year, Santa may not be coming to town.  Let’s face it – if there was no Santa, we could just plainly tell them that we can’t afford these gifts right?  Because last night when I told Ethan we don’t have money, his response was you don’t have to buy it, Santa will MAKE it.  Clever child 🙂 🙂 🙂


12 responses »

  1. halberts2014 says:

    LOL, oops 🙂
    “Santa has a limited amount of money which he can spend at Toys R Us and he has to make sure all the children get something”
    Even Santa has to have accounts 😉

    • Jodie says:

      I tried the – it’s too complex for Santa to make, he won’t have enough time as there are billions of children all over the world who he must make toys for – but they didn’t buy that for one second!

      • halberts2014 says:

        “With all the children in the world today, Santa has allocate ……..insert amount here…….for each child”
        Good luck. Thank goodness for 1 kid, with a birthday in July nogal. Mini christmas

      • Jodie says:

        I am honestly very tempted to just squash Santa – one gift less, hahahaha.

      • halberts2014 says:

        Shame man. There is something “magical” about the kids believing in Santa. Liam keeps asking me “Is Santa real” and tell him if he believes in his little heart Santa is real, then he is.
        The “weird” kids across the road know there is no Santa and that Dad paid for their presents with his hard earned cash. I don’t know, takes the magic out of Christmas

      • Jodie says:

        Hey, I know that there is no Santa and I still find Christmas magical 😉

      • halberts2014 says:

        The kids across the road told us 2 years ago that Christmas is evil and we worship our Christmas tree. I was a bit disturbed and chatted with their Mum. She explained that that is not what their religion believes in. They are Christian but apparently “tho shalt not worship false idols” includes the Christmas tree. But they’ve been very good and they don’t say anything about our tree or Santa to Liam, so I take my hat off to the parents teaching different beliefs.
        PS, in my opion Santa has nothing to do with Christianity

  2. debraaukett says:

    Damn those ToysRus books! We had a similar experience with Jamie 2 years ago…

  3. Terisha says:

    We have a ToysRus booklet from 2015 which my nephew treats like gold. He even sleeps with it on his pillow some nights. He just won’t get rid of it. Some of the toys have even been discontinued in the shop but then he just chooses something else from the booklet.We haven’t even begun to think of Christmas toys//gifts yet. Still recovering from his birthday which was last month. I think there is something magical about believing in Santa – there’s such a sweet innocence to it and this sense of anything is possible. Christmas is still magical to me too, even though I know there is no Santa, but then I’ll watch movies like Miracle on 34th Street or the Santa Clause and wish I was a kid believing in Santa again.

  4. MamaCat says:

    We have that thing with Lego books, but we have an advantage of one child and he understands that he can look only. I explained 2 years ago that Santa is very busy, so Santa sends me a message and I get the gift. He knows mama volunteers for everything, so helping out Santa is believable. I also explained about poor children and that we are taking some toy money for the poor children. He likes to share. We have our Santa story worked out for now. Lol. He has seen me buy gifts, so he knows it is me.

  5. […] there you have it folks.  At this rate, we won’t have to worry about making Santa special for much […]

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