The Christmas List

As we haven’t even hit Halloween or Thanksgiving yet, the Christmas lists are already taking composition.  My middle son, Cameron, submitted his first draft to the review board, colored coded and well-outlined.


As you can click to enlarge, you’ll notice his list broken down into three categories:

  1. Anything written in black, “What I don’t like that much.”
  2. Anything written in black but underlined in red, “In the middle.”
  3. Anything written in red,What I need.”

Three of my favorites are:  1) a cool new, hot belt, 2) a peace necklace, and 3) a football like Andrew (neighbor)

At the bottom, there is then this qualifying statement that the above list is only assumed, “If we don’t get a dog.”

It was a reminder that of the many lessons Christmas has for us, one of those is that life is full of disappointment and unfulfilled “needs.”


~ by Dave Smith on October 20, 2009.

3 Responses to “The Christmas List”

  1. cracks me up his “needs”. when do u attempt to instill the idea of need vs. want w/ your kids or do u just let it go? i often avoid the toy section at target simply cuz i know that i will put ideas of “needs” in their heads as we pass thru the aisles. is it wrong to just avoid those aisles altogether? is this temporarily sheltering them ok? (oh the free therapy i get here. 🙂 )

  2. Get those kids a dog! Or you could sit them down and read Chapter 7 of “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan to them and tell them that the should be making a list of what they should give away instead. ( Just kidding. )

  3. I just might give them away Todd! 🙂

    Yea Amy, that whole needs and wants thing is a definite issue, and something I think they just grasp over time. We still do presents and toys (with grandparents getting them PLENTY of stuff). So I think it is a balance of helping them grow in the concepts while seeing that “stuff” is ok, as long as it doesn’t become greater than what it is.

    There are some that are really proactive in not getting any “wants” to help combat the consumerism and materialism of our society, but I wonder if that is really the best approach. Maybe the ability to appropriate engage “stuff” vs. avoiding it is a greater platform of stability and perspective?

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