We all know what this time of year is supposed to mean — enjoying time with family, keeping up with holiday traditions, baking cookies, and taking time to appreciate everything we are thankful for. But it also means crowded malls, last-minute shopping, and trying to get as much checked off of Santa’s list as possible for our kids.
But this year, Pillsbury decided to put a twist on the traditional holiday wish list. They teamed up with Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota to ask kids not only what they want this year as a part of their #CantBeBought campaign, but also why they’re thankful. The heartfelt video captures the genuine reactions of kids to Santa’s questions and reminds us all what is really important.
The video begins with Santa asking kids what they would like for Christmas this year, and their answers were pretty standard: a teddy bear, trucks (both cement and garbage), a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stuffed animal (pronounced “aminal” because this little boy is the cutest thing EVER), and Toy Story “everything.”
Then Santa asked a different question.
“Tell me some of the gifts you already have,” he asked.
“My mom,” one little girl answers, “because she feeds me.”
Another said, “My grandma always hugs me when I’m sad or lonely.” And still another said she was thankful for “my family and being alive.”
Others gave answers like the birth of their baby brother, not having to move around as much as part of a military family, and even a “great roof and great house.” The resounding sentiment wasn’t about “things,” but rather, families.
As parents, it can be frustrating sometimes to feel as if our kids don’t understand the true meaning of things. Often, kids talk about what they want, instead of what they already have. It’s normal for kids to be a bit egocentric. After all, they are kids, and most of the time the world really does revolve around them.
We take care of them, feed them, take them to and from sports, and do everything we can to make sure they feel safe and loved. But sometimes we don’t give kids enough credit for being able to appreciate all we do and recognize all they have … but maybe all we need to do is ask them.
It may sound cliché to say, “The best things in life are free,” but this video really brings this message home. With everything going on in the world today, it’s important to remember what we do have, instead of everything we feel like we don’t.
And if anyone can remind us of this, it’s our children.