Reflecting back on my childhood I have to say that I have so many fond memories of Christmas.

Each November I can vividly remember the excitement of sitting down with the Sears Wish Book, and writing out an obnoxiously long Christmas list to send to Santa. The letter to Santa included not only written notes, but also clippings from the Sears Wish Book for visual reference. I can’t say that Santa every fulfilled every little request on my list, but that was okay. I certainly never expected to receive all items on my list, but rather I loved writing lengthy lists of gift ideas to give Santa and his Elves some fabulous ideas of how they could possibly spend their time creating in their magical toy workshop. My Mom would always try to get me to limit the list to 5 items, but sadly she never won that battle.

Until…

That one year rolled around that I threw an epic hissy fit during my Grandmother’s company children’s Christmas party.

My Grandmother would always make a point to take my cousins and I to her company children’s Christmas party each year, and this one particular year I was being a huge brat. However at the time I felt I was in the right for my actions.

My turn rolled around to visit with Santa. Upon receiving my special present from him, I threw the most epic of fits. Why? Simple. The Barbie Santa had given me was not the exact Barbie that I had picked out for my wish list that year.

Based on my actions, my Grandmother took me aside and told me how ungrateful I was being. After the party, my Grandmother had me donate the Barbie to The Salvation Army Toy Mountain.

I thought my Grandmother was being really unfair at the time, but the experience was eye opening. One I have been able to learn and grow from. Not only that one I can share with my children and help them realize the importance of giving back during the holiday season.

Each year before sitting down with my children and  to write out Christmas wish lists, my children and I make a point to purge current toys within our home. We set aside toys that  they have outgrown or are no longer interested in. These toys are then donated.

Once we have that out of the way we snuggle up with a hot cocoa and peruse toy guides while listening to holiday music. I’ll usually browse through the toy guides first, and either circle or mark products with an asterisks that I think my children may enjoy. Afterwards my children will go through make their selections.

We have several rules that are kept in mind when planning out our Christmas lists for Santa:

  • We do not ask Santa for electronics, as Santa’s workshop is not equipped to handle such requests.
  • All items noted on  the wish list to Santa should not come with the expectation that they will be received.
  • Lists should not contain more than 5 items.

One book my children have had yet to experience is the Sears Wish Book, but this year we are changing that by introducing them to the Sears Toy Book.

Sears Toy Guide

It has been so much fun to watch my children’s excitement come alive as they have browsed and checked out all the hot new toys in the Sears Toy Book. They love to daydream about toys that not only they may enjoy, but also point out products that they think other family members might enjoy.

 

Sears toy guide 2

Just last Christmas my daughter asked Santa for Skipper and her Sister because the duo reminded her of our relationship. She thought we would be a blast to play Barbie’s with Mommy using dolls that some what resembled our appearances.  It was a very cute gift idea! One that Santa certainly fulfilled.

Sears Toy Guide3

We have a tradition of kicking the holiday season off each year on the weekend of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. It is on parade day that we pull out all of our holiday decor, decorate the house, and we may even cook up a small turkey to enjoy after the festivities. It’s a tradition that bears great meaning to us, as it is the weekend we found out we were expecting my first born (my daughter) 5 years ago.

Christmas tree

A few days after the Toronto Santa Claus Parade we will sit down with our children to start discussing Christmas wish lists and write our letters to Santa. Always such an exciting, albeit overwhelming time for my munchkins!

This year their wish lists include:

  • Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check Up Set
  • Fisher-Price Super Friends Batcave
  • Barbie Dream House
  • Fisher-Price Imaginext Monsters University Monsters Inc. Scare Factory

*All of these items can be found in the Sears Toy Book.

Have you had a chance to check out the Sears Wish Book or Toy Book with your little one? If so, what will your child be asking Santa for this holiday season?

Sears is also hosting an amazing contest on right now called the Sears Wishes of Joy Contest on now until December 15 where entrants can SHARE their wish lists (to win!) PLUS many more opportunities to win up to $10,000 in prizes. It’s lots of fun! Here’s the website for you to check it out – Sears Wishes of Joy.

Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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