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Santas Are Now Lowering Kids’ Gift Expectations

Sun, December 4, 2011 8:38am EDT by Add first Comment

Thanks to a gloomy economy, mall Santas are being instructed to keep kids from expecting too much this year!

These days, not every tot will get their entire wish list — even if they’re on the nice list — and mall Santas have had to adapt, according to The New York Times. Santas are being taught to size up a family’s financial circumstance so that they can gently keep the gift requests at a minimum! More and more Santas, according to the article, are even being asked a heartbreaking question: “Can you bring my parent a job?”

“In the end, Santas have to be sure to never promise anything,” said Mr. Honerkamp, an alumnus of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. “It’s hard to watch sometimes because the children are like little barometers, mirrors on what the country has been through.”

If a kid requests something outside the family budget, he blames slow toy production at the North Pole or a wayward elf.

Another Santa, Rick Parris, has another strategy: “When kids start asking for the world now, I just say, ‘Hey, look, Johnny, you ain’t getting all that.’ I just make sure to let them know that Santa seldom brings everything on a list.”

What do YOU think of this, HollyMoms? Do you think Santas should curb kids’ expectations?

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