Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Do You Remember Those Gifts

I am a 39 year old dad, but I can still remember things from my childhood.  Like gifts I got fro Christmas when I was little and how much I loved them.  I wonder if my kids will sit there later in life even if its five or six years down the road and think about the presents they got when they were little.  Like legos sets or Wii games, Nintendo Ds games, wait, no one like clothes.  Toys are where its at. Even as a adult, I still like getting things to play with. Guess some things never change.

I was in the bathroom the other day, I will spare you the details of my adventures but I was in there and I started thinking about some of the gifts I got as a kid.  I can remember one year getting down to the last presents and then it happened, I opened up a Atari and it even had a Pac-Man game. The square controller and the little joystick. That was so awesome.  Then a skateboard. That rocked. I loved my skateboard.  I even got Legos and Star Wars figures and GI Joes...I was the coolest.  I'm sure I got socks and underwear too, that got thrown into a corner for most of the day.  I can recall in later years getting a stereo for my room. That was the shit man. It had the big speakers and the dual cassette with record player. (Before cd's)  I used to make my own mix tapes.  I was such a cool dork.

I would love to be a fly on the wall later Christmas Day just to hear my kids and what they say about gifts they get.  I know they get hooked up pretty good and I know they are very appreciative of what they get but kids are kids and they will still go into their room later and talk and talk shit about that one gift they got.  But I know that there will be more gifts that they will see and open that will make my ears hurt from the screams of joy.  Especially from C3 and C4 who scream extra loud most of the time.

I know one person that WONT be complaining about gifts this year and that is T. And the reason for that is that I don't buy her shit anymore.  I learned the hard way. Feeling bad after seeing a face of dislike, and hearing words of "I will be returning that" just finally made me realize that she doesn't want anything, doesn't need anything, so I am not buying her anything except the 4 little gifts that are from the kids and THAT IS IT!!!!!

Now me on the other hand, the kids and T always get me good shit. I like the stuff they get me. And I know for sure that this year I will.  T and I talk about the things that the kids are getting us so there are no issues and the kids are also excited about what T and I get from them. 

Not to sound so corny but I know the best gift of all is going to be waking up in the morning and watching the kids go nuts over Santa's visit and what he left for them and all the other gifts they get. They also get so much joy from the other kids opening what they got each other.

So my fellow adults, do you remember any special presents that you had under your tree when you were little?

Kiss the Baby



Brad Jenkins December 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM   Reply to

When I was little (until about age 12 I think) I had the bad habit of unwrapping my presents early, and then rewrapping them so my parents wouldn't know. My Christmas always came a few weeks early and on multiple days. I still had to wait to play with them, though, so I don't really know why I did it.

I do remember getting a bike one year - it wasn't wrapped so I didn't know it was coming until Christmas morning. It was my first bike and I couldn't wait to try it out. My parents told me to wait for nicer weather to go for a ride, but you can only do circles in the garage for so long before you're ready for speed.

There was snow and ice in the street, so I bit it a few times, but it was so worth it.

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