Evaluating Your Children’s Presents this Christmas

16 Dec

This article will tell you if you bought enough and the right kinds of presents this year to make this Christmas one of wonder and awe for your children. Christmas eve is almost here. You must soon decide if Santa’s presents are sufficient to surprise and delight your children. Consider using the following five tests.
Things Required:
• Spreadsheet of all presents bought broken down by child
• Lastest credit card statement
• Your last ounce of strength
Step 1
Are there enough presents to unwrap Christmas morning? Unfortunately a dozen presents is about the minimum for a successful Christmas today. Don’t wrap each crayon separately but save batteries for the stocking. One Christmas Eve we came up short, necessitating a crisis visit to Wal-Mart. With our last ten dollars I rescued a refugee from the clearance bin— Milky the cow. This oversized Holstein with latex udders could actually be milked. Although creepy, it did put us over the top. We also scored priceless photos of our bewildered daughter examining Milky’ s underside Christmas morning.
Step 2
Did you pay enough? If you have not reached your limit on at least one major credit card, then back to the mall. Snooty toy shops can quickly increase net expenditures with bizarre educational toys from unpronounceable countries. On-line purchases also provide a great opportunity since shipping always adds 15%.
Step 3
This is critical. How flashy are the presents? Will the kid next door eat his heart out? Cheap toys with lots of lights, smoke, and noise can shore up this department. Don’t worry if they break before New Year’s, the future is now.
Step 4
Do they take up enough space? If you don’t have a bike, you might be in trouble. One year we failed to have a huge present under the tree. Christmas morning the kids said those seven words guaranteed to break your heart, “It doesn’t look like Santa Claus came.” We learned our lesson and always bulked up the haul. Inflatable toys can accomplish this in a cost effective way. Life-sized crocodiles can help set that perfect holiday mood of avarice.
Step 5
If you have more than once kid, there must be perfect balance. We have often switched gift tags at the last minute or doubled down and assigned the new X-box to two kids. This not only achieves balance, but guarantees months of holiday squabbling.

Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow (1978)

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5 Responses to “Evaluating Your Children’s Presents this Christmas”

  1. Sodium Ascorbate : October 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    i love to buy educational toys for my children, educational toys are very important for the development of motor skills’..

  2. Margaret Wieland July 31, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE HIT THIS BLOG – CAN TERRY TELL ME PLEASE IF HE IS WRITING FOR FUN IN THIS ARTICLE ABOUT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS OR IF HE MEANS THIS TO BE A FORMULA FOR GIVING? I ‘THINK’ IT IS TONGUE IN CHEEK AND I SURE HOPE IT IS. WHAT A TRAVESTY OF THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS THIS ARTICLE IS IF IT IS FOR REAL. WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE JOYS OF GIVING INSTEAD OF ‘GIMME, GIMME, GIMME’!!

  3. Bob February 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Great article. I am looking something for my six years old boy he has a birthday. Sometimes when I am buying i dont know for who I am buying becouse I like to play with my kids and I must love that toy to :) I think I will buy this year some magnetic construction toy. Today kids love magnetic toys, so I think.

    • Terry Stawar February 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      I work where we have waiting rooms for kids. The magnetic construction toys are always popular

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