Christmas is coming. Can you feel it in the air?
The blinker-twinkle lights in each shop window, the excited cry of children as they see that old fella in the red hat, the melodic hum of Mariah Carey Christmas carols. You can’t escape it.
Each and every year like clockwork as November folds into December no matter how hard you try, it’s hard not to get caught up in the festive fever.
Despite the frantic rush to get our shopping done early, the hazy days of the last few weeks of school the impending holidays permeate everything. It’s a familiar all-the-same and yet all-exciting-again feeling. A groundhog day that we groan about and yet we love all the same.
The other thing that’s a bit familiar is the usual round of up conversations that we parents debate at this time each and every year. Whose house are you going to for Christmas/whole turkey or just a breast/hot lunch or cold cuts?
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And these. The top nine things we will be discussing in our Facebook groups in the next few weeks:
1. Do you really have to pitch in for the teacher’s pressie?
The teacher’s pressie is a big thing these days but it isn't without controversy. How much to contribute, is there a set amount? What if you can’t afford it? Who decides on the gift?
If enough parents put in, the teacher could score something from Tiffany (yep, been known to happen) but some parents get a bit miffed at the thought they are expected to contribute.
"What’s wrong with a handmade card from the kids?" They cry. "Why can’t I just make a bag of shortbread and give her that?"
2. The teacher’s pressie itself.
If you do put in to the kitty, and forsake the homemade shortbread, the talk turns to what the dosh will be used for.