Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Santa debate

Do you let your kids write to Santa?
Do you think that we definitely shouldn't?
Do you think that 'Santa' creates greed?
I don't see it that way at all.

It's not the asking that's a problem
It's the providing it all and more
It's not the kids or Santa to blame
Santa lists can be a learning tool

Kids can learn about writing letters
Kids can think about what they might like
Kids then realise not everything's possible
They can decide if they really want that bike

You can talk about Santa's budget
Talk about waiting for things
Talk about kids who have nothing
Do they really want everything?

Santa is not the problem
Santa doesn't create greed
Santa allows conversations about money
Ask Santa and see what you receive

This year for the second year running
Rachel has not asked for much
She writes and asks Santa to help others
See how Santa helps kids learn about stuff

Rachel's letter 2012:
Dear Santa
I can't think of anything I want.
Please give presents to Gloria
And other poor children.

(Gloria is the child we sponsor in Zambia).


Mary said...

I agree with you. Santa is not a problem and CAN be a learning experience for children. I like the way you handled this and really liked your poem. Thanks for taking part in Poetry Pantry.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is absolutely wonderful. What a thoughtful child. She must have a very wise mom:)

Kim Nelson said...

Gotta love Rachel!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh yes, made me cry. I'm sure Rachel is the sort of child who would cheerfully pack up all her Christmas gifts and send them to Zambia.
Someone's doing a great job raising Rachel.

Hannah said...