Best Christmas Ever

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Due to previous years of party exhaustion we have instituted Extended Family Christmas on Christmas Eve.

We did stockings and presents for the children.

My mother-in-law – always beautifully sentimental – handed down her mother, grandmother’s and her own China. There was a set for each daughter-in-law to be handed down to our daughter(s).

Christmas morning was perfection.

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Crossing traditional gender-lines, Zack got his own baby doll so he won’t have to borrow his sister’s and a cooking set and Bonnie Bell lip gloss (it tastes good and Ainsley wants him to stop stealing hers). I theorize that it’s just as fundamental for boys to practice being nurturing caretakers, exceptional fathers and competent homemakers as it is for girls to practice being maternal. He loves them. Oh don’t worry, he still received loads of trucks, tractors, animals, and dinosaurs which boys traditionally get and he loves those too.

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By the same token, I was excited to give Ainsley the giant set of Tinker Toys to encourage development of engineering and inventive skills.

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Everyone in our house got ipods or mp3 players. It was fun to reflect on getting a Walkman when I was a kid. How cool was that?

It’s fascinating to see how many of the new toys come with interactive Internet components.

Webkinz and Precious Girls Club toys and products both come with secret codes for websites where they can play learning games and practice earning and spending money and points. They can interact online with each other if they know each other’s sign-in code. I was thrilled to hear that the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood was effective in getting outside advertising OFF of webkinz.com. I wasn’t even aware that it was on there and I’d been allowing Ainsley to play on Webkinz.com for months. It’s hard enough to approve the original content without worrying about approving of and supervising outside advertising.

Two of Ainsley’s friends got Nintendo DS and they can text each other from the video game. It’s a brave new world. Parents have to try hard to keep up.

Tell me what your family got excited about for Christmas.

673 replies
  1. bloggingmom67 says:

    Love that you gave your son a doll. That’s terrific. (My son asked for one when he was 3 but by the time Christmas rolled around, he was older and wiser and surprised Santa would give him a “girl toy.” I was so sad.)

    Our best gift — a Wii and all being together.

  2. mrs. blogoway says:

    Bill had a doll when he was little and he turned out great … Good for you!

    Maddie loves her Sidekick 3 phone and Bill was excited for his Shiatsu massage chair and I got them both used on eBay for less than half the cost of retail. Yea!

  3. kirida says:

    I love the doll. I gave my son a tiny kitchen and he just loves it. I’m especially excited to use my gift–a spa gift certificate.

  4. Tracee says:

    Hi Kirida – I got my son a kitchen last year and he plays with it all the time. He loves to help me cook. I’m so jealous of your spa certificate. Love a good massage and facial. Lucky!

  5. Lynnie says:

    I remember when my little brother got his first doll….after he pulled the arm off of mine trying to have one for himself! My aunt made it for him and my mom saved it in her attic. I hope it will re-emerge as a gift if he has his own children one day!

    My favorite gift given to the girls this year was a make-your-own tail kit! It includes real wool from real sheep and instructions. I love that it satisfies a child’s desire to dress up but avoids the too-obvious line of princess/tutus. Believe me, we’ve been given our fair share of those! Once we make the tails I’ll definitely post the results in our blog!

  6. Tracee says:

    A Tail! That is awesome Lynnie! Zack got a mouse suit for dress up. I found it on sale at Old Navy. Love it.

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