Birthday parties – if you have kids, you know the drill. Kids get excited because they know they get to stuff their face with all the food you rarely allow them to eat and they can behave pretty much anyway they like, because seriously, who gets told off at a birthday party?! Before they leave they receive a party bag, filled with even more of those things that we don’t want them to eat – red lollies. Thanks for that. Zing-zing the day away.
When I go to some of these parties the gift opening ceremony makes me squirm a bit! Have you ever looked closely at the expressions on the faces of the kids as they watch the procession of boxes passing them by? Gift after gift being handed to the same kid, and that kid doesn’t even share! They watch longingly and try to hold their emotions together and smile. I know what they are really thinking, and it’s not “I am so happy that Fred is getting all the things I wish I had.” These kids do well to resist their urges to tear open the wrapping and do a runner with the loot. Bless those parents who save the gift opening until the guests have gone home.
We don’t take out a second mortgage to buy gifts for such parties.
Because there are so many parties to go to at the moment we are giving trash. The boys have a prized possession, cute little trash cans that they received from our friend filled with sweets at Christmas. They store all kinds of treasures in them.
We have been buying these little trash cans and the boys decorate them with stickers and fill them with stamps, novelty erasers and other fun things that kids this age just love. So far they have worked a treat, and the lads love putting this gift together for their friends.
In saying all of that, it’s my birthday next week and I don’t want a trashy treasure can unless its filled with enough money to buy an iPad.