Christmas is around the corner, which means it’s time to shop for presents, unless of course you don’t celebrate Christmas, then you’re lucky not having to shop.

For those of you who do celebrate Christmas, your kids most probably have given you a list in the form of a ‘letter to Santa’. As it happens, Santa being most often one of the parents, ‘letter to Santa’ becomes the shopping list; unfortunately, not all the items on the list will be reasonable to buy, unless you have an unlimited budget.

If your kid asks you for a human size robot and a fire breathing dragon, where would you find a human size robot and a fire breathing dragon?  

Therefore, to avoid disappointment come Christmas morning, you should set realistic expectations of what Santa can or cannot deliver. If your kid asks you for a human size robot and a fire breathing dragon, where would you find a human size robot and a fire breathing dragon?

He obviously won’t be happy when you tell them that Santa does not have such ‘toys’ in his inventory but if you explain it in their own terms, they will understand. You could make up something like “building human sized robots is not in Santa’s contract with the Elves. Or, for safety reasons, Santa cannot carry fire-breathing dragons.”

Shopping, trying to find the toys and dealing with the crowds can be hard and tedious. The best thing to do is to avoid waiting for the Christmas rush  

 

Once those expectations have been met you can think about the shopping: whatever it is you are going to buy, remember that “bo marsé cout ser” (if you buy junk off the streets you will get junk). If you buy quality toys, they will last longer and your kids will enjoy them for longer, instead of just throwing them away after a few days’ use. 

Shopping, trying to find the toys and dealing with the crowds can be hard and tedious. The best thing to do is to avoid waiting for the Christmas rush (usually on the 2 days just before Christmas in Mauritius). If possible, try to get the toys and gifts early.

Once you got the gifts you need to hide them until Christmas morning and this can be tricky, kids are resourceful they can find the gifts if they think it’s in the house somewhere. That is if they think you’re Santa. If they still believe in Santa then you don’t want them to find the gifts and have their belief in Santa completely shattered leaving a lifelong scar. Hide the gifts in the place you least expect them to look, the garage, an old cupboard, or someone else’s house.

It’s all worth it when you see their faces on Christmas morning.

One last thing, try to recycle: you have plenty of places around the island where you can drop off the paper, cardboard and so on.