For months before Chanukah we kept asking Erin what she wanted for her presents. It just makes sense to ask for a list of things. Erin knows that she is giving us a list & she may or may not get some or all of what's on the list. In fact we make a point of reminding her that she can ask for anything but that Chanukah is only 8 nights. She gets her present(s) from both sets of grandparents on one night. There is also a night that is dedicated to presents from her godsister Kerri & Kerri's parents. David & I take care of the other nights.
This year Erin has been asking for a Wii. We weren't really sure we could swing it so we told her that she shouldn't count on getting one. Since we usually splurge on one big gift, I convinced David that this would work. He is concerned about Erin (or perhaps me?) accidentally throwing the Wii controller into our tv. I told him we could put a Wii in our front bedroom which doubles as an office, but that means buying a new tv, or that we could enforce a rule that the wristlet attached to the controller always be worn if we put it into our family room.
I put the huge box out right before lighting candles. Erin just wanted to open her big present even though she had no clue what was inside. I think the Wii went over really well.
This is one happy girl which makes me one happy mama.