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Do you buy them everything on their wish list they write to Father Christmas?

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spookysal Mon 19-Nov-12 14:30:32

dd1 (5yo) has 7 things on her list.

I don't mind most it. There's a bike, purple helmet, a toy cake stand she's seen, new game for her innotab, a playmobil unicorn and a new Wheres Wally book.

But the 8th item is a cloudbaby glow which is £20 shock If I did get one, I would also have to get one for dd2 (2yo) as well and I really cannot justify £40 on two soft toys. But they would really like it (esp dd2 who I'm struggling to buy for anyway).

Dh says they would be a 5 minute wonder which is probably true but I do think they would take them to bed with them along with the other pile of soft toys

So do you get everything? What do you say if dc ask where such and such is? Would you buy it?

Allonsy Mon 19-Nov-12 14:33:34

Every year until know i have ds is now 6, big mistake now as he gets older and wants more expensive gifts and he has a little brother now too i cant mange it, hes always got to write down 10 gifts that he would get plus extras, this year ive had to drum him into that he can still ask for 10 but wont get everything, i wouldnt mind but he never actually plays with anything he just wants to have it!

Nagoo Mon 19-Nov-12 14:36:28


the very thought! I had to get two argos books so DS could cut the things out from both sides of the page to stick on itgrin

shelley72 Mon 19-Nov-12 14:38:00

I also have a 5 yo (and a 2 yo). I try to get what they really want but they are only allowed to wish for three things <mean mummy>. They do get more on christmas morning, but ds knows that just because its on his wish list it doesn't mean he will necessarily get it and that he can't be greedy as FC has lots of children to think about. Top of his wish list this year is a new baby shock!

ByTheWay1 Mon 19-Nov-12 14:39:26

No... and we don't do Santa providing presents either - they know they are bought by people who love them and have a finite amount of money....

treedelivery Mon 19-Nov-12 14:42:05

I added up dd1 wishlist from one book alone and it came to about £250! That was from The Mulberry Bush, she hasn't even started on Bright Minds yet.

So no, I don't grin

ProbablyJustGas Mon 19-Nov-12 14:42:43

Nope. Some of DSD's list included really hard to find items, and some of the listed items were purchased by other family members (mainly the grand and step-grandparents) who preferred to give those things to her as a main present.

She has been a little bitter at age 6 that depsite getting darn near everything she asked for - in one fashion or another - last Christmas, she did not get "a Barbie dress for me to wear and that's what I really wanted". Cue lectures. A lot of them.

House philosophy is that Santa Claus does not have enough room in his sleigh for every little thing she asks for; he needs room for the other kids' toys too and can't take two trips to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. :-p Given that Santa leaves gifts for her at Mum's house, Dad's house, occasionally a grandparent's house, and at Mum's Partner's Parents' house ... kid's got nothing to complain about, Barbie dress my backside.

Chottie Mon 19-Nov-12 14:43:24

In a word, no.

Both my children are now adults and they still don't get everything on their lists.....

insanityscratching Mon 19-Nov-12 14:44:27

Father Christmas only brings stockings here so they now their wish list is only suggestions for me and dh and as such they won't get everything on it.

insanityscratching Mon 19-Nov-12 14:44:54

*know blush

LaCiccolina Mon 19-Nov-12 14:45:20

Well no, because Santa has to get it all on his sleigh and around the world. You ask for a few things and Santa does his best. That's what happens with wishes, some come true and some don't. Not always much of a reason which is which ( other than couldn't make it,carry it, or get it)

craftynclothy Mon 19-Nov-12 14:47:28


DD1 only has ONE item on her list (and so does Dd2 coas she's copying her big sister grin) and I forsee a sad face on Xmas Day. She didn't have a clue what she wanted until about a week ago - after everyone has bought most of their stuff. All she wants is a yellow princess dress.

I would go and get them one BUT my friend is getting them dressing up stuff and my mum has got them some too. I don't want to get more in case I'm duplicating stuff and tbh I think with the stuff they have plus what people have already bought, any more will be too much. I'm just hoping that she doesn't mind if it's not yellow.

mamaslatts Mon 19-Nov-12 14:50:24

DS1 circled pretty much everything in the ToysRUs catalogue so no! Have suggested he write to Santa with a few things he would really like and he might only get one of those. (depends on price although we tell him its because Santa has lots of children to give presents to). The dgps have been asking for ideas so have asked if they could get one of the more reasonably priced things of ds's list. This way he gets most of what he wants but not from all one source.

morethanpotatoprints Mon 19-Nov-12 14:56:04

I always told them FC liked a full list then he could choose something they would like. So sometimes they got everything and sometimes they didn't. They never remembered/remember what was on the list though come xmas day, so it doesn't matter really.

Completely other thread but we have FC because ds1 pointed out to me when aged 8 that from Santa you can get Satan.

ilovetermtime Mon 19-Nov-12 14:58:20

Ha ha ha.... no way! They want everything they've ever seen, or so it seems.

valiumredhead Mon 19-Nov-12 16:03:22

No, ds writes a huge list and then we sort it out into 'every chance' 'possibly' and 'no chance' grin

DewDr0p Mon 19-Nov-12 16:11:44

No. Without any intervention from me (maybe school's influence? not sure) they decided you have to put the 1 thing you want the most in your letter to Santa. (Upside: it makes them very choosy. Downside: they change their mind most days - although once the letter has gone, it has gone) And they know that Santa might think of something even better to give you, so you might not get what you asked for especially if it's a puppy

olibeansmummy Mon 19-Nov-12 16:18:10

Nope. Mind you ds is 3 so it's the first year he's had a list. It's not very long but it does contain a soft toy rabbit and there's no way he needs another flaming soft toy so he's not getting that! But he is getting everything else.

noisytoys Mon 19-Nov-12 16:20:17

No because on DD's list is a real dinosaur and a greenhouse grin

anja1cam Mon 19-Nov-12 16:23:32

No. (No WAY!)

You are setting yourself up for huge problems later if you do, unless you are pretty wealthy.

In fact we don't really do lists much (DDs 5+8), and they know that list are just to give ideas. in fact the older one does not really believe any more but plays along for the younger one. I have kind of finished shopping but they haven't even made lists yet blush so it's not quite going to work out if they do.

Indith Mon 19-Nov-12 16:28:41

No, they are used to give father christmas ideas of what they like :-)

what if your child wrote "an ipad, a computer and a real helicopter"?

Eglantyne Mon 19-Nov-12 16:31:08

Er no. Because otherwise one year I would have had to buy a donkey. And the moving advertising hoarding near nursery... (I'm sure they've got a proper name...).

Beamur Mon 19-Nov-12 16:33:54

DD has written her list, bless her it's pretty short. There is really only one thing she wants for Christmas (and I have bought it) so this year she probably will get all she wants.

bedmonster Mon 19-Nov-12 17:17:45

No, they get a fair bit from it though, cos I tend to ask gps to get bits from it too. They rarely remember exactly what they've asked for but they're always really happy with what they've received except for the year fc hadn't managed to bring an actual invisibility cloak.

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