How do we balance the idea of having a fun and happy Christmas, full of magic and wonder while at the same time having a conscious Christmas? I found this fairly easy in the past, but now that DS1 is 7, I'm find it is a whole new ball game! I can't figure out how to balance kids' expectations ('cause let's face it, they have them!) with our concerns over consumerism? I am just really worried that he will be disappointed, and I really want this to be a special Christmas (probably the last one he'll believe in Santa)...
Seriously, I am agonizing over this. Any tips? We are already a conscientious family. He knows a lot of toys are made in sweat shop conditions. We discuss how sometimes we have to make tough choices in life to make this world a better place for everyone, not just for ourselves ... sigh. Is that expecting too much of a 7 year old?
Any great ideas gift ideas for 7 year old boys that can stay on the consumer consciousness train?
Or, would he appreciate "experience" gifts? Like an annual pass to a zoo or museum?
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
This is what I am stressing out over as well! I recently read this blog post: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2012/09/14/why-i-took-all-my-kids-toys-away-why-they-wont-get-them-back/
It has really inspired me to want to put away a ton of toys as I realize how toy obsessed my kids are. I'm still not sure what to do about Christmas though because it would be drastic to change everything so soon before the holiday.