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 🙂 🙂 🙂