Being thankful is something we as parents try to focus on teaching our girls. This starts at saying "thank you" and "please" and ends with being thankful for what we have or get, not always asking for more or too much. Yes it is hard if the girls want to take the entire toy catalog out with a note for Santa that they want everything in there except the baby toys. After we had agreed that three toys would be on the wish list, plus a number of other things like hats, pyjamas, dresses, books, craft supplies, etc.
On the morning of the 25th, after the girls had unwrapped all of their presents and Lily had taken a mental note of what she had gotten and what was missing from her list, I overheard the following:
Lily: Dear Santa, I know that I haven't gotten all the things on my list, but that is ok. I got so many great things, and I'm very thankful for that. Thank you so much for it, Santa!
Today, I am very grateful for our wonderful daughter!