Christmas Crap (for kids)

This is the yearly talk about holiday gifts. I'm going to post a bunch of Amazon ads. If you are going to buy these items anyway, please click on the links. I'll get a kick back. If you want to purchase something else through Amazon, please click on any one of the links and then navigate through Amazon to buy what you like. I'll still get a kick back. Ta.

This year, we're caving in and getting the kids a Wii. Sucker. I know. We'll maintain our rules. Game systems are only allowed after 12:00 on the weekends. We have the Game Cube, but they don't make new games for it. And Steve really wants to the Wii, too. (I see LIzardbreath has a post about the best games for the Wii.)  I haven't decided which game to get yet. (Target has the wii system for $249) Ian wants the red DS, and Jonah wants Ian to get one, too, because Ian keeps overwriting all of Jonah's games with the name "IantheGreat." But one computer toy is all that's allowed for the holidays. He'll get the DS for his birthday.

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Books and Music. We always get the kids one book and one CD. Jonah has suddenly declared that the Jonas brothers are totally cool. Ian is really into the Nightmare Before Christmas. I suppose it's not surprising that he digs Tim Burton. I haven't figured out what book to get for Jonah, yet. We're in the midst of the Harry Potter series, but we have all those books already. Maybe there's a new Diary of Wimpy Kid book that's come out. Need to browse more. Ian will get something with beautiful pictures and a bouncy rhythm.

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Lego. It's the most used toy in the house. Jonah has a huge folding table set up in the basement and goes down there for hours. I will support any toy that keeps my kids busy for hours. This is what they've asked for. They'll probably get something a little less expensive.

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Next up is something to play with outside. Jonah wants a rip stick. Ian wants roller skates.

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The nieces are going to get something pink and frilly and fluffy, because their auntie lives with a house of farty boys and who just want to wear dirty sweat pants all day.

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12 thoughts on “Christmas Crap (for kids)

  1. Super Mario Galaxy is *the* game. But really, Wii Sports (which comes with the Wii) will probably do them for a good long time. A friend of mine has a 6 year old who loves Animal Crossing, fwiw.
    Books: I just got “Love That Dog” for my daughter and we read it the other night. It’s a story in poetry form, but the main character is a young boy. It’s really good, and Ken is picking up “Hate That Cat,” the sequel, from the libe for me right now.

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  2. Mario Kart is a cool game and my kids inform me that Super Smash Bros is *the* game.
    I was at Borders the other day and I’m sure I saw a new Wimpy Kid book.
    We’re contemplating some kind of iPod ourselves for the teenager (wait! I have a teenager!). We’re almost to the point of getting something like that, some pj’s and that’s it.

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  3. I’m thinking that we’re going to combine the Lego fetish with the Wii fetish and get the Lego Star Wars Wii game, personally.
    Looks like fun for kids AND adults.

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  4. “their auntie lives with a house of farty boys ”
    my boys were coming up with new meanings for UFO:
    – the dog lying on our feet under the kitchen table, “unidentified furry object”
    – for me, “unidentified farting object”
    I protest..
    mine want the Republican Gunship too. It’s a nation-wide conspiracy, I tell you. We weren’t going to get any Lego since the house is already infested with disintegrating models, but they pleaded. Also I owe them $60 from a foreign currency transaction; tried to teach them not to exchange at the airport, instead using the Bank of Dad, and boy did it cost me. “So, Dad, it’s nearly free, only $30 after we put in our euros” – busted, I am.

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  5. The pain-n-the-ass thing about those expensive Lego sets is that once they end up in giant box of Legos, their value goes from $60 to $0. So, I try very hard to keep them segregated into individual zip bags and lose my mind when the kids can’t resist mixing the pieces. And then I hate myself for screaming about segregated Legos.

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  6. I spent many happy hours with my brother building Lego cars and then sliding them into each other across the foyer floor. You won if your driver (a little Lego Astronaut) stayed in the car while the other driver was ejected. Mom instituted a series of rules to keep the cars small enough to avoid denting the walls, but didn’t seem too concerned about the Legos.

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  7. Remind me to give you a book that Jonah will love. It’s the Percy Jackson series—the Greek gods are still alive and Percy is a half blood. Very cool.

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  8. on the segregated Legos: I gave up. It deeply offends both my sense of order, and my inner parsimonious Scot, but it’s just more than I can keep up with. Plus the screaming bit wasn’t fun for anyone ;-(
    The bits are handy for constructing new contraptions, so I salve my irritations by believing the disintegration contributes to creative play. Ah well.

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