Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Has Christmas become too commercialised?

How lovely is this article here, a Christmas list to Santa written in 1911:

“I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.”

Although with the cost of gold the penny might be a stretch, if I substitute it for a gold chocolate coin that list would be significantly cheaper than the one my eldest wrote with TOMICA, countless Wii games, and an inflatable go-kart for starters…

I would like Christmas to cost less but with Christmas list’s getting progressively longer and more sophisticated, I would not know where to start and not sure I could carry the burden of guilt if my boys had less than their friends.

Maybe next year I should go back to basics perhaps making some of the gifts… not that anyone would thank me for that!  My creative ability is on par with my cooking (see here).  I have however made a new blogger friend over at life, love and living with boys who might just have the know how!


  1. A lovely post! It's true that we do almost feel shamed into spending too much on our children and we only have ourselves to blame! Sadly I too received long lists of console games and things but we decided to buy bikes this year as at least that gets them away from the screen!

  2. I try so hard to keep the cost of christmas down. I think I am fairly fortunate in that my children are too little to have wiis and such (and we don't have any consoles in the house at all anyway) but I am sure it's all to come.

    We get our kids one main present, and then a few little bits and pieces. The little bits for our daughter this year are some craft supplies, some chocolate and a little bracelet.

    I come from a fairly thrifty family. We have never had masses of presents at Christmas but we never felt like we went without, despite always getting much much less than some of our friends. I'm trying to instill that in my two as well :)

  3. That is a lovely Christmas letter.

    My 4 year old son asked me for some Christmas Crackers (the ones you eat, not the ones you "pook" into the tree) and some olives for Christmas, so he's cheap this year!

    Luckily he has grown up in a traditional toy shop and so all his Christmas stocking fillers have been at cost price so far, but worryingly he is watching the TV in the mornings, subjected to all the branded toy advertising so I'm sure his demands will get more expensive once he starts school.

  4. Loving the idea of bikes and being thrifty next year I will try my best. I do not mind the Wii games too much as my eldest does have swimming lessons, gym and ball skills sessions so I make sure he gets active and moving before he goes in his Mario world! x