I think my mom really made an attempt (in retrospect it may have been my dad too, but it does seem to be the moms who make final decisions on presents) to make sure we got what we REALLY wanted for Christmas.
I remember on year I REALLY wanted a Cabbage Patch Cornsilk doll. And I mean I REALLY wanted it. They’d always hard yarn hair up til’ this point (or no hair) but this was the year they had HAIR, plus the ol’ adoption certificate. It was pretty well the best thing ever.
And I got her. We also got a trip to Disneyworld at which point I burst into tears and didn’t want anything to do with Christmas. I think my adverse reaction to flying started early.
It’s something I really work on with my kids. Of course, I also guide them to what they REALLY want with some thoughtful mom suggestions. A lot of times my kids are so confused as to what they really want they give lots of weird answers settling on something strange on Christmas Eve. But, some years there’s been the “thing” and I try to get it for them, regardless of how stupid I think it is. Conner really wanted a Darth Vader voice changer one year and I made it happen. I still hate it, but he loves it. As did Drew for Halloween that year.
Anyway, do you work hard for Christmas presents or do you buy what’s on sale, how does it work for you?