Just in case you thought that my eldest was still in her room, sulking...
She is not.
But we did have a good conversation about the value of money. Someone who read my original post suggested that perhaps Lindsey could save up her own money to buy these Uggs that she wants so badly. Actually, she wouldn't have to save, she's already got more than $200 saved up from the last few birthdays and Christmases. If she wanted Uggs, she could go out and buy them right now.
But she won't, of course, because it would use all her money for a single pair of boots she would grow out of in just a year.
My point exactly.
I think she was actually more upset at learning in a roundabout way that Santa is not actually sending her presents, that parents spend the money for the gifts from Santa and that we are not bottomless pits.
She revised her gift list down and said that Uggs are off the list. Whew.
A day later our family was watching the news and a report came on about consumer spending for the holidays. The report said that the average American family was planning on spending around $750 for gifts. Wayne and I both looked over at our formerly greedy girl and said, "That's $750 for the entire family, not one child."
She hid her head in the blanket in embarrassment.
I think she got it.