Good thing I'm not stressed about it. But the conversation about Christmas keeps creeping up.
Many of you know that for the past 5 years we have a no electronics Christmas. The boys try every year to get around this clause. This year Large is asking for solar powered robotics. Hmmmm. . . we will see on that.
The no electronics Christmas goes over well every year however. Small has really never known it any other way, Medium does grumble a bit, but that is his personality, he grumbles about everything. Large is a bit pickier and we have to get more creative every year so he is not too disappointed that he doesn't get the same things as his friends. High school is rough. Husband has decided to purchase a vintage dirt bike for him. It's older than me, no electronic start on it. This will be fun.
I digress, 2 years after we started the no electronics Christmas, the grandparents embraced it. It seemed to relieve the stress involved with purchasing that perfect gift for the grandkids. Suddenly grandparents were on the floor with the kids showing them how to play with these toys that they had as kids. I was getting phone calls full of laughter and "you'll never guess what I just found!" and "I had one when I was 6!" Grandparents were no longer out of the loop, no longer trying to keep up with what the kids thought was cool. Now it was about sharing what they knew. And because our boys had never seen these toys, they were thrilled with the magic (science, depending on age) behind them.
Husband was talking with someone about an old erector set that he had found. It's non motorized, only cranks and gears. Husband mentioned the no electronics rule. The friend thought that was a wonderful idea, and is now implementing it into his household.
Part of the no electronics Christmas is about money. Yes I will admit to it. They can get costly, and most the time they are poorly made, at least what you can rationally afford can be. Then it"s about the ages of the child. My teen doesn't have a cell phone, Medium doesn't need his own laptop, and Small, he doesn't need video games. Any electronics they want, they ask after for their birthdays. I don't completely neglect the electronic items. But Christmas. . . they don't exist. At Christmas we spend the entire day together, with only cheerful yelling and laughter as we figure out medieval puzzles, learn to ride something new, and build as a family. Only Large runs off to be alone, but rather than playing the newest game, he is reading his new book. (that and he is now an angst ridden teenager).
So why am I talking about Christmas now? Because I am now working on some homemade toys and presents, and soon I will be sharing them with you. So, it's on my mind. (don't take this as a lecture. This is just what happens in my household)