Santa's Money Scripts
During this season of shopping, gift-giving, and family celebrations, it's all too easy to lose control of our money decisions. Our money scripts, or unconscious beliefs about money, can push us into overspending, make us fearful and resentful about giving, or generate all kinds of money stress.
Given the scope of his giving, just imagine the money scripts that must drive Santa Claus. Here are a few of them; you might consider whether any could apply to you.
"I have to give the perfect gift to every person on my list. It can't be just some small thing that says I care." Many of us equate, "something special" with "expensive." Yet a practical or wanted inexpensive gift may be more appreciated.
"If every child in the whole world isn't included on my list, I haven't done it right." Sometimes gift giving can come from obligation rather than a sense of generosity and gratefulness.
"All my gifts have to be given on Christmas Eve, because Christmas just isn't Christmas unless it's celebrated on the exact date." Sometimes, it’s okay for even Santa to be a little early or a little late.
"Every gift has to be handmade in my own workshop with the finest materials and hours of toil—I can't just make a trip to the mall." Sometimes the recipients can’t tell or appreciate the difference.
"If I don't give all the children on my list exactly what they ask for, they might not have a good Christmas." Promising kids they will get whatever they want is a setup for frustration. Santa needs to educate kids that even he has limits and not to expect to receive everything they ask for.
"I have to be jolly and happy all the time about Christmas and about giving." Maintaining Santa’s Workshop has its challenges. Santa has to deal with the elf’s union, suppliers, schedules, economic conditions, plant maintenance, pet care, and Mrs. Claus. It’s not all milk and cookies.Continued on the next page