I’ve noticed that Crappy Boy’s answer to, “What do you want for Christmas?” has evolved a bit over the years. Here’s how…
This year doesn’t count. He didn’t answer. I just wanted to remember that he was age one once.
If he could answer, he would have said “Just get me a cardboard box and some wrapping paper to shred, that’s all I’ll play with anyway.”
By age two he could answer:
Except he’d just name whatever he was currently playing with or holding. His definition of ‘toys’ were the ones he already had.
At age three his baby brother (Crappy Baby!) was born.
His only request was a candy cane for himself and a teddy bear for his baby brother.
His sweetness and generosity made me want to give him seven thousand million presents! I would have given him anything! Anything!
When other people heard his teddy bear request for his baby brother they wanted to give him the world too!
I really thought I was doing the parenting thing right that year.
And then four came.
I don’t really remember what we got him that year but I’m sure it made him mad.
By age five there was a major shift. He realized that asking for specific things can get you specific things. And being nice and friendly helps too.
He went through a toy catalog and circled the things he wanted.
Except he circled everything. On every page.
By six he learned that even if you ask for the entire toy store, you won’t actually get the entire toy store.
Plus, you aren’t likely to get the one toy you really want if nobody knows which toy you really want because you asked for fifty different toys.
So he got organized.
He handed over a multi-page collated, annotated list. In a binder. It was a scrapbook, with a single toy featured on each page. With notes.
It included cut out pictures from toy catalogs, drawings of toys and names of toys that he wrote himself. Then they were ranked. A circle meant he really wanted it. A circle plus a star meant he really, really wanted it. Two stars meant it was the one single thing he wanted most. He even wrote down some things he specifically didn’t want.
It was truly a work of art. I kept it.
Of course it didn’t actually result in any more gifts for him, but he did receive the one double starred thing he really wanted. And the project itself was fun.
I thought for sure we’d see a repeat of last year, but so far he hasn’t been very interested. He has a single piece of scrap paper on the wall that has a couple things written down on it but that is about it.
Unless I show him this post of course.
Then he’ll probably ask for a LEGO set for his baby brother.
HEY HEY, THERE’S A GIVEAWAY!
I can’t help you with toy shopping. Oh wait, I CAN help you. Well, one of you.
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