Last night Husband and I finished wrapping the Christmas gifts for the boys. It was pretty underwhelming and we were feeling a bit lame. The boys do not watch much t.v. and what they do watch does not have commercials so they don’t know what to ask for. We very rarely go to toy stores and the toy aisles at Target make me feel dirty – all that overly colorfully, plastic, light flashing, noise making crap they call toys. It disturbs me. I don’t want that stuff in my house.
So what are the boys getting this year?
- Every year they each get a special handpicked by me Christmas ornament. This year they are getting wooden, hinge jointed frog pirate ornaments from Cost Plus (they are very cute and it did not hurt that they were 50% off.)
- Books! They each are getting a big stack of books I picked up at Goodwill – they were $1 each and look new.
- Maze and hidden picture workbooks.
- Ink stamp and pad kit – Cody’s is ocean life and Carter’s is baby animals.
- The Car’s 2 movie. Yes, I know it came out this summer and every child has already seen it, but ours have not and they will be thrilled to get it.
- A Sesame Street Kinect game.
- A huge pack of wikki sticks.
- A Velcro ball dartboard game to put at the end of the hallway.
- A wooden car transporter truck complete with six cars.
The grand finale is left for Santa to bring and leave under the tree when he comes Christmas morning to fill our stockings. Cody did ask for only one this this year, an RC train on a track. He asked if he could get one after watching The Polar Express for the first time. Not to leave Carter out, Santa will be bringing him two battery operated trucks complete with a track.
Last night after placing the last present under the tree, Husband and I stepped back and looked at it. It did not look like a whole lot, especially since the two really big gifts will not show up until Christmas morning.
This morning when the boys woke up and saw the presents under the tree they were perfectly thrilled. They had no expectations of large piles of presents and after examining the wrapped goods they ran off down the hallway, each clutching an empty wrapping paper roll, laughing like crazy. Pure awesome.