Operation Santa Paws on December, 2017: Parents, do you have a hard time figuring out what to get your kids for Christmas?

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Parents, do you have a hard time figuring out what to get your kids for Christmas?

Yes! I usually have no idea what to get my kids for any event (or what to tell other people). My younger one likes Lego star wars figures... but he has all of them...multiple times over (he has 12 R2D2 figures that are exactly the same...) not to mention all the boxes of Death Star parts and all sorts that we have. He doesn't need more! But that's all he likes right now... Argh

BQ: I donated to operation Christmas child in the past. Not sure what I'll do this year but something yes.

BQ2: I'm all for giving thanks in general, but for giving thanks for our great relations with Native populations, is quite ridiculous. The historical significance of this day is offensive actually...so no I have no moral issue with going shopping on thanksgiving.

We're in Canada, but some of my friends are going to the States (we're right on the border) for the savings. Also I think most of our American chain stores do it too, to compete with the States. My kids are with their dad on that day, so I am currently considering going, but leaning towards not, because I hate shopping.

Ms Manners: uh huh, they got along for a day or two before it all went to hell again for the next couple hundred years. In Canada, at least, the last residential school (boarding schools for aboriginal children where the children endured abuse and "cultural cleansing") closed in 1996. 1996! That's hardly cause for celebration if you ask me. I'm not saying thanksgiving should be scrapped or anything drastic like that. The idea behind it is good- but there is a much broader picture that is usually ignored- the ignoring part is what's offensive.

Also on this date Friday, December 1, 2017...