Greed

My daughter said something yesterday, and I was so proud of her.

We overdid it on the gifts, as we always do. My granddaughter had so many presents it overwhelmed her. It is always done for the best of intentions and most of the time they are small gifts we see while out shopping.

We got her a swing and slide set from Facebook Marketplace. She told my granddaughter it was a gift from Santa. Another little girl or boy didn’t need it any more and he was regifting it to her.

That’s the way Santa’s gifts should be.

They shouldn’t be expensive gifts; gifts that children from poor homes cannot afford. Next year I am thinking of giving a present like that. We buy for our youngsters and it is such a commercial world these days.

The latest I-Phone, the newest X Box, and each year we try and outdo the last. Next year I will buy more of Facebook Marketplace. Second hand doesn’t mean old, it means (as my daughter says) pre-loved.

Sometimes we learn off our children, they show us what we can’t see. It is the same as my sofa – I brought it from The Heart Foundation. It was twenty pounds and as comfortable as any new sofa.

Next year Santa will be giving my granddaughter a pre-loved toy, and she will understand there is nothing wrong with second hand. She loves her slide and swing set. Her joyous ”Slide” screams when she saw it in her back garden made us all smile.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

3 thoughts on “Greed

  1. The “give secondhand” policy is a nice idea but so difficult to put over. I suppose one could argue that most middle class children are spoiled nowadays – although whether or not they feel envy for their contemporaries who get that new i-pad (or whatever) is hard to judge.

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  2. I was talking more about using ”Santa” giving them those I pads. It works better for younger children, because once they get to a certain age, they will want to keep up with their peers.

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