The Parents’ Voice By Shelley Heaphy

Minimizing at Christmas

The push to buying Christmas presents starts earlier and earlier every year. This year I felt that we were being bombarded with commercials, sales and best present ideas even before Halloween was over. It gives our children lots of time to come up with umpteen ideas of what presents they “need” and gives us more time to spend more money. All the coolest, newest toys are popping up everywhere, a lot of which are gimic toys that won’t keep their attention for longer than the Christmas holidays but are extremely over-priced and terribly sought after and of course exactly what our kids request.

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