Christmas from the Minds of Children

Christmas from the Minds of Children

"How do you go from something that costs a few dollars to the iPad?"

Let me be the first to admit that originally I was not happy to see my daughter's Christmas list this year.  I mean, I was happy to see that she obviously does not consider us broke but disturbed as well.  There were items on there ranging from lip gloss and Monster High dolls to the iPad. How do you go from something that costs a few dollars to the iPad? I don’t even own one so why does she think she will be the first in my household to get one?

I actually got quite a few laughs after reading her list. I was also presented with some food for thought from my friends and family. They said that although my daughter's list showed that she does indeed consider us very fortunate as far as finances it also shows that she feels secure and she feels confident that she will get those items. That is something I never really thought about until then. I thought she just put what she saw on TV or in the paper on a list. Who knew that a child's Christmas list is a very good barometer as to how they feel about their home environment.  I am by no means rich or even considered middle class as far as income; I however do work several jobs so that she doesn’t have to feel the sting of being in a lower income bracket. Apparently I have been doing a great job.  Good job mom!

When I compared her list to those who are not as fortunate as I am, like the children of the family I adopted for Christmas, I see that there is a very big difference in items on their lists. The most expensive things were clothes and shoes.  All in all, it was a very humbling and enlightening experience to once again be reminded that children see it all and are the best indicators of how well off we truly are.