My daughter just turned two recently, and this is probably the last Christmas for which she will not have a very specific Christmas gift list. From what I’ve heard about kids at this age on Christmas morning, after opening all of her thoughtfully selected and carefully wrapped gifts, I can expect her to toss them aside and begin playing with the gift boxes instead. You experienced parents, do I have that about right?
So I was thinking. Don’t you remember as a kid the hours of joy boxes (especially big discarded appliance boxes) gave you? I’ve come up with a practical solution for Christmas this year; I’m going to do my toddler’s gift shopping at U-Haul. For a reasonable amount of money I can get her a really nice selection of small, medium and large boxes, as well as some bubble wrap and a roll or two of packing tape.
What do you think? No fighting the crowds at the mall while “Wonderful Christmastime” plays for the 37th time over the muzak. No wrestling some over caffeinated parent for the last “Elmo Live Encore” doll. No 2am bleary-eyed construction of complicated toys that are always missing a crucial part. And best of all my little bundle of joy will get exactly what she really wants for Christmas… the boxes.