A Commercial Christmas Lesson From a Young Mom.

Jeff Scurlock —  December 4, 2014 — 1 Comment

presentsThis morning I visited a local Dollar Store to pick an item we needed at home.  When I made it to the checkout line something  caught my attention.

In the line ahead of me was a young mother. I assume she was a mother because she had a baby with her and I am guessing she had other, older children because of the items she had in her buggy (which was loaded).  She was buying toys and a lot of them.  She was also buying several things in two’s. Two toy guns, two dump trucks and two of several other things.  My guess is that she was Christmas shopping and there were either twins or two boys close together in age involved.

Our society gets so caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, me included.  We think we have to buy expensive gifts for children who don’t understand the value of the gifts their getting..

I have three grandsons and the oldest of them is only twenty-eight months. I am crazy about those boys and love being their Papa.  I’ve got a feeling that as they grow older I’ll be spending a lot of money on stuff for them that they will not appreciate the value of.  I want to buy them things. I want to spoil them. Isn’t that what grandparents are supposed to do?  I’m sure right now I could give the two youngest empty boxes for Christmas and it would suffice. But as they get older….

Back to the young mom in the Dollar Store:  Her buggy was loaded down.  One by one she placed those toys on the counter and one by one the clerk scanned them. Finally he scanned the last item and gave the young mom the dreaded total that she would have to pay.  $45.46 was her total.  I couldn’t help but grin as it dawned on me that this young mom knew the secret of a happy commercial Christmas.  That may have been her complete shopping list for the kiddos in her life and she did it for $45.46.  The kids will be happy and she will not be stressed because she didn’t spend too much money trying to keep up with society.

Maybe we could all learn something from that young mom. Maybe.

 

Great Christmas Gift for the Reader In Your LIfe.

Jeff Scurlock

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  • Tim Collins

    Good point. As they reach their teens, they may start to care how much was spent but young kids just know what they enjoy playing with. My idea of a great gift is something that person (even adults) will really enjoy regardless of cost–the thought being that you have paid enough attention to know what they enjoy, and it’s the thought that counts. I gave my oldest grandson a ream of copy paper for Christmas because he loves to make paper airplanes. He and his cousins played with them for days! I noticed how our daughter (in her late 20’s) always popped the bubble wrap before even really getting into the gift it protected….so one year I gave her a giant roll of bubble wrap. We had a good laugh when she opened it, but guess what she did for the rest of the day? Yup. It’s the thought that counts.