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  • Santa <$20

    6 6.59%
  • Santa $20-50

    9 9.89%
  • Santa $50-100

    24 26.37%
  • Santa $100-200

    18 19.78%
  • Santa >$200

    21 23.08%
  • you <$20

    1 1.10%
  • you $20-50

    11 12.09%
  • you $50-100

    12 13.19%
  • you $100-200

    29 31.87%
  • you >$200

    28 30.77%
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    I will spend more on her for her birthday next year (9) but it always depends on her age, what she's into, and what I feel is value for money. For her birthday I will buy her a stereo system with iPod dock, CD player, radio and turntable with her own set of Iron Maidem records and some CDs. My mum has an old-style iPod for her. The type like an average cheap MP3 player. It will come to over 2k all up but I know she will be ready for it, and will have outgrown her current Hello Kitty CD player/radio she got for her 3rd birthday.

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    I have to say to anyone worrying about Santa getting the glory..(this is not a dig, just an observation..)
    When DS found out that it was us, he burst in to tears..we thought he was sad..but he said..
    I just am so amazed at how much you have done for me..

    awwwww

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    I guess it's just I don't want my children to be disappointed when they know about Santa. I still want Christmas to be exciting for them.

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    I spent about $150 on both my kids...probably half and half when it comes to gifts from us and Santa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I guess it's just I don't want my children to be disappointed when they know about Santa. I still want Christmas to be exciting for them.
    All of our presents came from Santa and when I found out (and my sis is the same) our thoughts were similar to Beryl's son....honestly I can still remember when it dawned on me that Santa wasn't real and the second though was that it all came from my p's. 'Santa' still came every year for us and it was such a totally awesome, magical time! My sister would be so excited we'd be up at 2 or 3am opening presents, my nana would come at 5am and we would stay up until midnight! I loved it so much that even though I left home at 18 I went back to sleep at my p's house on Christmas eve until I had my first baby at 22. We also got as spoiled as we did as kids until DD1 came along and then my mum thought it was a bit unfair that we would get more than what DD1 was getting so it scaled back then. I'm 28 now and Christmas is still my fave time of the year!
    The 'death' of Santa doesn't have to mean that the excitement is lost, not at all!

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    I put my stocking out til I was 17. My brother put his out still at 26 and my lil brother has put his up at our mum's house so we all bought stuff for it like jocks, socks, boardies, boxers, etc lol. It never upset us to know the truth.

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    When I knew about Santa, I didn't think like that. I pretended to still believe :P

    We put more focus on birthdays, as it's their own special day. Christmas is time to be with family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerylsMum View Post
    I have to say to anyone worrying about Santa getting the glory..(this is not a dig, just an observation..)
    When DS found out that it was us, he burst in to tears..we thought he was sad..but he said..
    I just am so amazed at how much you have done for me..
    awwwww
    That's so sweet

    I'm another one that has probably overspent ($250 each, most of it from santa) but you know what, we have no family, spend christmas day at home - though this year we have a friend spending the day with us - and i get them lots of gifts to compensate for the lack of extended family. We are lucky to be able to provide it and i don't consider its brainwashing or spoiling them, its just how we celebrate our day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biscotti View Post
    Was that a typo
    How do you brainwash an 11 month old baby

    I have no idea what we've spent, probably a bit, I'd be too scared to add it up
    Nup not a typo. Since he was 11 months old, she had him watching Santa on youtube and on DVD's repeating herself over and over "That is Santa. Sannnnn-TA" "Santa buys lots of toys. T-oysssssssss for you".

    Now that Santa has arrived at the shops, she goes there each and every day and sits there for an hour while watching Santa having photos taken with kids and continuously saying:
    "That is Santa. Sannnnn-TA" "Santa buys lots of toys. T-oysssssssss for you".

    He's now almost 14 months and knows exactly who Santa is and what is in his bag. As soon as he sees Santa he goes "SSSSSantAAAAAA!!!" then he points at the bag and says "Tuh-oysssss!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    Nup not a typo. Since he was 11 months old, she had him watching Santa on youtube and on DVD's repeating herself over and over "That is Santa. Sannnnn-TA" "Santa buys lots of toys. T-oysssssssss for you".

    Now that Santa has arrived at the shops, she goes there each and every day and sits there for an hour while watching Santa having photos taken with kids and continuously saying:
    "That is Santa. Sannnnn-TA" "Santa buys lots of toys. T-oysssssssss for you".

    He's now almost 14 months and knows exactly who Santa is and what is in his bag. As soon as he sees Santa he goes "SSSSSantAAAAAA!!!" then he points at the bag and says "Tuh-oysssss!!!"
    But why is that brainwashing? Perhaps she's just really excited about Santa. I couldn't wait until my kids were old enough to understand who Santa was, she just sounds like she's over excited about it all, perhaps she just has the best memories of Christmas and Santa and wants to share that with her son?

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