The fred meyer 8 page toy magazine came out not too long ago. The kids and I have been having so much fun. I have to admit I love watching the kids pour over those 8 pages of fun, bright, exciting and possible toys. Right now I don't tell them they will get the toys or not get the toys. I don't promise and they don't really expect. What this is right now is excitement. I love seeing how they pick things that maybe I might not have thought they would notice. I like seeing them go for different things but stop to admire what the other person was interested in. I like the conversations that come out of seeing all that is out there for kids to have.
Josh gets concerned that looking at this ad will cause a sense of unnecessary want. I can understand that concern. I can see how he can be anxious about the "I want, I want, I want". There is a fear that gratitude for what we have will be lost. But I also remember as a child pouring over the magazines that would come in the mail. Taking a marker and circling almost everything and then slowly over days going back and back and back over those choices. There was never a belief that I would have all of those items someday but the hope of getting something was so exciting. I know Christmas is different in every house and I know you might feel very different about the Christmas ad then I do but for now it gives me a smile and it helps me get to know my kids, and what they love, just a little bit more.