Make a Christmas wishIf your little one writes a Christmas list or letter to Santa it is a good idea to remind them that they are asking for things or giving suggestions, there is no guarantee that they will be given everything on the list. A child who believes that you always get precisely what you ask for can be devastated if the toy sells out or an aunt sends the wrong colour, or when they ask for something they can't have such as a pony. A little one who is prepared to get something different is more likely to be pleased with whatever they find, avoiding any tantrums on Christmas day and encouraging them to feel grateful rather than entitled.
One way to achieve this is to ask children to list more things than they will be given, for example a two or three year old might cut out pictures of three toys to stick to a letter for Santa. You would explain that Santa will only bring one big toy but he needs the child to give him some ideas, Santa might even think up something better!
I also avoid asking children what they will be getting for Christmas, instead I ask what they are hoping to get, if I feel the need to mention it at all. A subtle difference but an important one. Even better, ask what they are most looking forward to or what their favourite bit of Christmas is!