I’m a single mother of 2 and this Christmas I can only afford to get my kids three gifts each. I spent a total of $60 and I could hardly afford that. My kids still believe in Santa so how do I explain to my kids why they only received a few gifts? While friends of theirs will be telling of all the gifts they received. I tried telling my kids that years ago Santa only gave children one gift each and kids were grateful for that. My kids didn’t really understand. I don’t want my kids to think they are being punished from Santa.

Dear Sara,

Oh how I wish I could help you. When my kids were small and I was a single Mother I would hate Christmas because of that very problem. I would cry myself asleep worried that they would feel like they did something wrong or that Santa didn’t like them. One year I bought a used Barbie house from a friend and fixed it up.
Have you checked into a church program, the local firehouse or police, or maybe a school program that have gift donation programs. Maybe you can get something there. I know how hard the holidays can be on everyone and it breaks my heart that some children will get nothing and not understand why. The retail industry floods the stores, television and airwaves with messages of buy, buy, buy and so many can’t.
Please try to stay positive, make it fun and spend as much time with your children as possible.
Love your children, yes love them hard. Tell them how proud you are of them and how much they mean to you.
I wish I had better advice because this subject is so close to my heart but I can’t suggest anymore than I have.
Try hard Sara to be happy, positive and upbeat, they will be happy if you are and I will keep you in my prayers.

Huge Muther Hugs,

One Tough Muther

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