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MuddhaOfSuburbia Fri 27-Nov-15 10:00:18

...then find your kids fixate on what are really quite shit things?

DD (12) said the other day, ooh, do you remember last year, where we watched Nativity [for the 93rd time] and ate sainsbos cheese balls?

thought input: minimal
cost input: minimal

that was the year we bought her a FUCKING HARP



we even HID the FUCKING HARP

(tho how we HID the FH is beyond me)

FauxFox Fri 27-Nov-15 10:01:59

grin gotta love them

Hopefully Fri 27-Nov-15 10:16:21

This is my favourite post of the day.

I did get all fuzzy and warm when the DCs said their favourite bit of Christmas last year was reading Christmas stories under the Christmas tree. Awwww, how lovely and grateful and appreciative of life's little pleasures. Then DC1 pipes up, 'it was our favourite bit because daddy let us eat all the tinfoil chocolates off the tree.' Sigh.

LaContessaDiPlump Fri 27-Nov-15 10:21:32

Ha! grin

I am making a special effort to not go all-out as I KNOW this will happen to my boys. DS2 will be over the moon with his 3 little green men (£5 off ebay) and DS1 will adore his cuddly stormtrooper confused which was £8 from Tesco. Simple things!

ShesAStar Fri 27-Nov-15 10:46:20

Your right! Last year we took the DC on a Narnia experience to meet FC, we drove quite a long way and there were activities and we went through the wardrobe, led by a fawn. DS said do you remember when we saw FC last year it was so good because we got to have a Mac Donald's on the way home. hmm

Pooseyfrumpture Fri 27-Nov-15 11:16:27

I always attempt not to turn into my mother at Christmas with all the "don't you know how effort I put into that" but I do fail blush It's rather like the summer holidays when you don't totally ignore them book in multiple play dates, take them all around on day trips, camp out in the garden and do treasure hunts etc and then on the last day before they go back to school you bribe them with MacDonalds for not murdering each other in Clarks and they sit there and declare it the bestest thing they've done all summer and you know that when it comes to writing the What I Did This Summer bit that they aren't even going to remember they went to Alton Towers or Florida, all they are going to mention is bloody MacDonalds.

kiwidreamer Fri 27-Nov-15 12:50:48

PMSL @ this thread, whenever anyone asks DS 7.5yrs what he enjoyed most about our trip to Australia in the summer his answer is... the fish and chips!

A fecking long way, a buttload of money... cuddling a Koala / petting a kangaroo / whale watching / theme park / digging for thunder eggs / the beach every day / meeting his toddler cousin for the first time / apartment with endless ocean views...


The bloody fish and chips.

HalfStar Fri 27-Nov-15 12:53:09

I have to know OP. The harp has pretty much gathered dust in a corner ever since, right?

Olecranon Fri 27-Nov-15 12:57:43

My son got an iPad last year for Christmas and in his news when he got back to school he wrote that his best thing was a rubber he got in his stocking that looked like an apple. He couldn't remember anything else!

Treats Fri 27-Nov-15 12:59:36

Feeling your pain. I went to a huge amount of effort a few years ago to make an advent calendar with a different toy every day to put towards a nativity scene........

....trampled underfoot in the rush to open the door of the chocolate one sad

I cling to the hope that they will remember my homemade advent calendar with fondness when they're grown up.

MuddhaOfSuburbia Fri 27-Nov-15 14:07:32


this is evidently more common than I'd thought

reminds me of other DD, 4th birthday- we went all over the place trying to find non-identical-but-absolutely-equivalent bikes (twins)- when they came home from nursery they rushed into the living room to find said bikes festoooooooned with balloons and streamers etc

afterwards: 'what did you get for your birthday, darling?'


I'll see you all down Mucky Ds on Boxing Day for the best christmas EVER

MuddhaOfSuburbia Fri 27-Nov-15 14:08:46

and yes halfstar dd does play the harp

because she likes to eat

Fizrim Fri 27-Nov-15 14:14:30

Mudda our McD's is open on Boxing Day, thanks for the idea! In fact, they are only closed Christmas Day. I am always up for an easy win in the parenting stakes!

DD has a long history of saying 'this is the best day ever' at every school trip, blah, whatever. So much for Disneyland Paris, then.

Over the summer we went to an event at our local library. When asked, other children talked about overseas trips as a highlight whereas DD picked a really mundane holiday to mention. It's a good job I'm not a competitive parent.

SymphonyofShadows Fri 27-Nov-15 17:50:32

Ha! This reminds me of a friend of ours who took his DD to Lapland for a big surprise. Told her they were going shopping then whisked her off to the airport, caught a special FC themed flight, had all the sleigh, fur blanket, hot chocolate shizz. On the flight back she told him that it was great but wasn't the real FC as she could see where his beard was coming unstuck at the side.

AlmaMartyr Fri 27-Nov-15 17:55:27

McDonalds was the best thing about our fab 2 week camping trip in France too hmm Special mention to the fact that french Happy Meals come with pudding. DD told everyone, including a very sophisticated French friend of my parents who works in tourism who was thrilled to know that's what kids remembered.

Pooseyfrumpture Fri 27-Nov-15 18:01:46

So basically MaccaD's are missing out on a marvellous marketing opportunity. Forget all this garden centre "having tea with Santa" shite. They should do it. They would make a fortune.

Nearlyadoctor Fri 27-Nov-15 18:06:18

Not Christmas but last year we took DD(then 7) trick or treating with a few friends in the village and afterwards she declared it was absolutely the best Halloween ever!

So much for the year before when we were at Mickeys not so scary Halloween party in Florida...... Gotta love them.

LucasNorthsTwiglets Fri 27-Nov-15 18:57:11

Not a Xmas thing but when we asked DS what his favourite thing about our trip to Disneyland Paris was, he said "sitting on the top bunk bed, eating chips".

WhispersOfWickedness Fri 27-Nov-15 19:16:15

Oh yes, I have found my home on this thread grin
DS's birthday is near to Christmas, one year he said that the best present he'd had was a bendy straw from his party bag hmm DD still talks fondly of the morning she was allowed to eat an orange in bed (from her stocking) confused

fuzzpig Fri 27-Nov-15 20:12:26


muddymary Sat 28-Nov-15 09:47:36

Not Christmas but it reminds me of when we took a class of year 6 kids on quite an expensive school trip. When they wrote about it afterwards, the favourite thing by a long shot was stopping at the service station to buy sweets and seeing a cat walk past. We could've walked them to the local newsagents for a fraction of the cost!!

ClashCityRocker Sat 28-Nov-15 15:21:57

It just goes to show, doesn't it.

Fwiw I was having a conversation with family about our best christmas as a kid. Mine was when there was a power cut on Christmas Day and we had Bbq turky. My siblings agreed, mum was hmm

Mind you, she was most put out when I said my best ever present was a Black Samba yoyo which I got in my stocking...they did used to go to town at christmas and in hindsight spent a fair whack of the household budget on gifts.

On the christmas memories thread, it was interesting that very few of the cherished memories related to things that cost money - and most were very simple things.

I'm a firm believer that special memories happen organically and you can't create them. although I get sucked into it every bloody year

DoveOfPeace Sat 28-Nov-15 16:55:31

I am quite a bit older than my sister.

She was talking about some little stocking fillers she received one year, and loved.....I know for a fact they were toys that came free with Happy Meals!!

JacobFryesTopHatLackey Sat 28-Nov-15 16:57:16

Not Christmas related but DS1 did this on his third birthday. We took him to the zoo for a day out. Most of the day went over his head and he was completely nonplussed by the giraffes, gorillas and all the other animals. They all got a cursory 30 second glance until we got to the elephant enclosure. Where we saw diggers and jcbs in their natural environment shovelling elephant shit hmm. We spent about half an hour watching them.

Givinguph0pe Sat 28-Nov-15 20:47:56

We took ds - then 4 - to the safari park.

When we left we asked what his favourite animal had been. His answer was a pigeon.

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