I did not celebrate Christmas as a child. We only started celebrating it when DD was old enough to want it (at age 4). I have never taught her about Santa, but of course she got the concept through school/friends/movies. She obviously wants to believe, so I go along with it (without ever really discussing it....we talk more about the magic of Christmas).
The past couple of years have been simple...I know what she'll like and I get it for her. She's thrilled. It is low-key (we don't go overboard on the presents). But this year she's very gung-ho. She wished for several items and I got them back in early November. My dilemma: in the past week she has started wishing very very hard for a new item. Um, I am already all done the Christmas shopping. Plus, this item is nearly impossible to find! She wants it so bad that I would get it if I could, but I've looked in several shops and it is not there. I've tried gently to tell her that we don't get everything we wish for. She then insists that she believes in the magic of Christmas and she KNOWS it will all work out. She also tells me that she takes back her wishes for the other items (i.e. the things I've purchased) and just wants this 1 thing now.
STRESSFUL. I don't want to make her sound spoiled. She just really wants to believe, and she's just a child. She wants this item and she has this wide-eyed belief that her dream will come true. But it won't. I can't do it....I have no idea this late in the game how to get this item! Priority shipping to Canada would totally blow my budget and be worth more than the item itself.
I hate consumerism. I hate materialism. BUT I really want to give my child the magic and wonder of Christmas that I didn't get to have. Chances are she won't believe in Santa next year....I just want her to have a beautiful memory.
What on earth should I tell her in order to minimize the disappointment on Christmas day??