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When Secret Santa Goes Grinch

Are people still doing Secret Santa? How about the gift exchange in the office? I’ve never been subjected to, a part of either of these economical efforts at sharing the love at Christmas, but my children have been involved a few times.

And sometimes, the love does not get shared equally. Because some children end up shafting their classmates when some parents decide to buy the cheapest gift they can find, just to say that they bought a gift.

And who can blame the parent who gets upset when she sees that the present that her child brings home is one that rightly belongs in the party bag which is where all the cheap toys go? Especially after she went to The Toy Box and actually put some thought into the one she bought.

I heard the other day of a child who received as his Secret Santa gift, a library book that never made it back to the library. Really? You mean that parent couldn’t have sprung for a new one? Or, (and I’m trying to work with her pocket), given a used one from her child’s collection? Or, (if appearance mattered at all), scratched out the library stamp?

When my daughter was in pre-school, the principal insisted that parents spend no more than $20.00 on a toy. After all, it was just a token gift, but I now know that she wasn’t worried about the parents who spent more than this amount.

Times being what they are, even family members are getting in on this deal. That way, you only have to buy maybe two gifts for Christmas, and everybody in the family gets at least one. I’m not sure how you choose between your many godchildren, though. Maybe Carla and Bruno get lucky this year, and Kendra and Tariq wait for the next?

As the season approaches, most of us have in mind what we would like to receive, even though wish lists are closer to dreams nowadays. But the best way to make sure that you get what you want is simply to buy the gift for yourself. And if you don’t like it, you have no one to blame but yourself.

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