I have always tried to stress the importance of being thankful and sharing what we have and make it a point to involve the girls in buying gifts for the children we choose from the angel tree (or church, or whatever). Lilly has been asking so many questions that I can't answer this year.
"Mommy, why do you say that these might be the only presents they get for Christmas? Were they bad this year so Santa won't bring them anything?"
"If people don't have money for presents, it doesn't matter mom! Santa will still bring them lots of toys for Christmas!! Isn't that so cool?"
"How can there be boys and girls in the world that don't have any toys to play with or clothes or shoes? Why doesn't Santa just bring them those things for Christmas?"
How do you explain that to a four year old without destroying their faith in Santa? Tell them that Santa doesn't deliver to Honduras so we have to pack a magi box? Seriously--I would love your opinions on this one. I do not know what to tell her. I have just been telling her that Santa still comes to see them, but sometimes people "help the parents" buy some presents to give to their children because they don't have any money. I have told her Santa needs people who have enough to share with others who don't--like the Bible says. She still has unwaivering faith that Santa will bring coats and new warm clothes to ALL those who need them, toys to everyone, and fulfill everyone's wishes (if they are good :).
Anyone have a better suggestion? I'd love a good one :)