How Santa is Tragically Hurting Kids

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Over the years I have read time and again I have read the plea to be mindful about what Santa Brings children. It wasn’t a topic that I sent much time thinking about honestly. It touched my heart but it never really sank in. As my children are homeschooled and Santa isn’t much of a topic in their lives it didn’t effect me much. In summery, the plea says begs parents to have Santa not bring the very best stuff because school children will compare what they Santa brings them and it isn’t fair if Theo, a child of 8 gets socks, and Chris the only child gets an xbox. I thought the idea was not to ruin Santa for kids. I thought the idea was that we should focus on being “fair” and keeping the myth going.

I was wrong.

It took reading this story, as someone whose home was broken into a few months ago, for this all to hit home. Hard.

Facebook Post By Diana Thompson:

When I was 6, our home was burglarized just a few days before Christmas. We came home from school to find wrapping paper strewn through the house from the closet where gifts were hidden. All our gifts had been unwrapped, so the boxes were left behind. We knew exactly what we were not getting. My mom had spent months saving money and paying for gifts on lay-away for 5 children. Every single one was gone. On Christmas eve, we went to the Sears outlet store to find anything cheap that was left. I got the ugliest, scratchiest little teddy bear you ever saw. (Which I still have) It was the one pushed back on the shelf that no one wanted. Christmas morning, my sister and I got a little doll and I had my bear. Everyone else just sat around depressed. When we returned to school, every 1st grader was allowed to bring in one toy for show and tell. I took in my bear. All the kids laughed at me and said that I could not have been a good kid since Santa didn’t bring me anything. Whether we realize it or not, the message that Santa brings to kids -both rich and poor –is ‘you will get what you deserve’ not, ‘what your parents can afford.’ I think that helps to perpetuate the idea that poor children are less deserving and it starts very young. My point is not to solicit sympathy. I think it is important to reframe the concept of Santa so it doesn’t rely on what ‘you deserve.’ The marketing industry has capitalized on this feeling and it creates a division of the classes. It creates anxiety for adults too who feel they must deserve the bigger house and the newer car. Worthiness marketing is a huge industry and it starts with Santa.
    After reading her post I found myself trembling. It was suddenly personal for me. A house that has been robbed is more likely to be robbed again and that is very much increased around the Holidays. From research I know robbers go right for the bedroom closet. I could picture that Christmas for dear Diana when she was 6 so clearly. It well could be our Christmas. Then came the terrible truth she exposed….. we think, we teach, Santa brings us what we deserve.
   At first I denied this truth to myself. Surely I don’t teach my children that Santa brings them what they deserve but then I thought about the other day when I told them to clean up a mess and reminded them Santa is watching. I recalled the other Day when my husband and I reminded them all to be good while our 17 year old watched them so we could “go talk to Santa” and shop. Oh yes, we play into the Santa mythology and yes, we have been teaching our children Santa brings you what you deserve. Oh. My. Word. I had no idea till now how tragic this actually is and as of this moment I have no solution but at least I see the problem and yes, it is a problem.

Do you see this problem with Santa?

Diana Thompson has a website too and I think it deals with issues like this! Check it out at:

 

 

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Polaroid Snap Touch #Giveaway

In the holiday spirit, Polaroid has offered to include my readers in the #PRINTitFORWARD campaign, so in honor of #PRINTitFORWARD, I have a Polaroid Snap Touch to give away!

Be sure to enter the big Polaroid giveaway! Now until December 31, Polaroid is giving away one camera a day to those who share their favorite photos on social media and use the hashtag #PRINTitFORWARD So enter on social media with that hashtag and then enter this giveaway (two different ones!) right here on littlecrunchy.com!

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to:

Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera with LCD Display with Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology

This new Polaroid model for 2016 does everything you could wish for in a modern instant print camera. Most of long ago gave up our point and click cameras because our cell phones could take good photos too and why carry it all. Well, the issue was that those photos on our cell phones tended to stay on those devices or at best on our social media pages.

The new Polaroid is the same size as those point and click cameras but they do what nothing else like this does. It will print the photos you love right then and there! No ink cartridge needed, the ink technology is in the Zink Zero paper!

This camera comes with:
* Polaroid Snap Touch camera
* Wrist strap
* Magnetic lens cover
* Pack of Zink photo paper (10 sheets)
* Micro USB cord
* User guide

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It fits in your pocket!

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Takes 13MP Photos. My iPhone 5s is only 8MP!

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This Polaroid Snap Touch has a touch screen and it allows you to pick the photos you want to print right then. Edit them, add boarders and stickers and unlike others, it even allows you to zoom!

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This photo I took against the light and so it is dark but it is darling and I adore it! I had the Polaroid Snap Touch print this with the classic Polaroid boarder we have all known and loved.

You can use a smartphone app with bluetooth to do all sorts of things with this camera. You can also use the included USB cable to charge the camera and upload photos from it. This is one of the photos I printed that I loved and now also have in the collection I keep on my compute and cloud.

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You can see the picture quality right from the camera compared to my cell phone photos of the Polaroid pictures. I love this Polaroid!

Now that you love this camera too, lets get to the Giveaway!

Giveaway!

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One winner will receive a Polaroid Snap Touch!

Giveaway ends 12/16

Must be +18 and live in the USA

Winner will have 24 hours to reply to e-mail to claim prize or a new winner will be picked. 

littlecrunchy.com can not guaranty this will arrive before Christmas as the company is shipping it to you!

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