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Kids will get gifts whether they're naughty or nice

Parents say behavior isn't really a factor in gift getting.

by Kate at Parenting.com

Although the threat of Santa knowing if you've been bad or good might come in handy to keep kids in line during the holiday season, it turns out to be an empty one. A new study finds that Santa (read: Mom and Dad) will give children presents whether they've been naughty or nice.

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USA Today reported about a national survey Walmart conducted of parents and kids, asking various questions about holiday gift giving and getting. Eighty percent of parents said their kids will get the same number of gifts, regardless of their behavior. But Santa's hold still works over kids: 62 percent surveyed said they believed they'd get more presents if they were nice over naughty.

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Mom Amber Plante told USA Today that she'd rather her two sons have fond memories of Christmas morning, rather than using it to teach a lesson: "I'd rather my boys have fuzzy memories of happy times ripping open their presents, not of being harshly taught a lesson that, frankly, could be taught any other day of the year."

Does your kids' behavior influence how many presents they get? Do you tell your kids that Santa's watching?

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Dec 9, 2012 3:44PM
of course they should  in fact buying them more will help. It is Christmas and buying for your neighbors, friends. strangers, and pets is all in the Christmas spirit.
WWJD of course he would have bought  gifts for all of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and  Nazareth, if he had a Visa Platinum..  VISA= there when you need it

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Dec 9, 2012 3:34PM

I say no. I gave my daughter $50 to spend on her mother. She in turn bought her something from the dollar store and spent the rest on herself. When I heard of this I withheld her gifts and gave her the equivalent. A $1.16. And I let the rest of the family know of what she did and that I was not proud. Loved her. But not proud. Lessons need to be taught.

The spirit of Christmas is about giving. Not receiving.

Just to let you know. We are still the type to give our mailman and paper(boy) delivery person money on Christmas.

Sad to say we now have an entitlement society that think they don't need to earn anything. And nothing should be withheld from them. And a minimum wage job is below them.


Dec 9, 2012 3:12PM
Sorry, but a kid shouldn't get a lump of coal for Christmas, and especially little kids. If they've behaved poorly, just get them some things that they didn't necessarily ask for and explain the reason, but to deprive completely? Come on. Just don't get them the top 2 or 3 things they asked for, but they should still get something under the tree, imo. I don't see Christmas spending as a time for big parenting lessons. That happens 364 other days of the year. It's a festive holiday and giving them nothing isn't very "festive."
Dec 9, 2012 2:38PM
Kingstock If you wish to call people stupid and give phrases from the Bible  Then are you  not being two faced  Yes you are right about Gods grace But he also said spare the rod and spoil the child
Dec 9, 2012 2:29PM
Of course all kids should get gifts.  That's what Christmas is.  Just STOP threatening them that they won't get any if they don't behave
Dec 9, 2012 2:08PM
And that's the problem today.  Parents give in to the children and they never learn that being bad has consequences.  And later they will ask what happened, why did he turn bad. 
Dec 9, 2012 1:18PM

/Christmas is about God's grace for everyone...that 's why we give presents.  Its the people who least deserve Christ that he came for.  If you said NO, then you seriously need to learn the true meaning of Christmas


God's Grace, not God punishment

Dec 9, 2012 1:15PM
The main problem is the parents they either don't want too deal with it  because they are so raped up in there work  or self that they just don't care  bad or good should be  a 365/ 24-7 thing . Deal with the problem when it happens  not once a year
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