This one is going to be controversial...
Have you noticed how even complete strangers feel free to ask your child 'And what are you having for Christmas?'. I'm a first time mum, and I've never encountered this before...it really grates, for lots of reasons.
Firstly, I believe that Christmas is about more than buying gifts. Secondly, I feel it encourages children to compete with each other...finally, I am aware that in a recession there will be lots of parents out there who are struggling to make ends meet anyway, and can do without additional pressure.
This morning I dropped my three year old off at nursery and overheard one of the nursery assistants having just this conversation with her group. I found myself speaking to the manager and saying that the Christmas story was actually about homeless people and an expectant mum looking for shelter. I said I was a Quaker and that I didnt' think it was okay to be asking children such questions, especially not in a recession.
It felt like I was taking a big risk, tackling this one, and I'm sure some people weren't pleased. Still, I followed my heart.