Using the Toy Aisle to Bond with the Kids
Image by G. I. Barrett, II
Christmas, to some, is the best holiday. Hands down, up, sideways — Christmas is the most favored according to the kids I know. Now, I know, I know, you have Halloween and Thanksgiving not too far behind, but we all know that somewhere, deep down inside, we all love receiving gifts. Contrary to what people believe, there are a lot of people who love giving gifts.
Dads and the Excitement of Christmas Morning
Being fathers, we have to be the John Stockton of Christmas gift giving and we have to be smart about it. It’s like we are on the frontline helping Santa. When you want to put a smile on your child’s face, you have to forget everything you DIDN’T do during the entire year, because the only thing that your child is anxious about doing is opening at least one gift that they asked for on Christmas Day.
I tell my kids to not only be good for gifts, but also be good throughout the year. It works for the most part and the occasional messy room somehow in the month of December turns into a clean room everyday with me having to utter the command.
When we take our kids shopping, we always end up in the famous “toy section.” Naturally, before the Christmas season, you would spend little time there. But when it’s close to Christmas, you linger around in those beloved sections just a little longer. “Why” you say? Because you have to figure out what your kids want. It’s just that simple. And not only that, if you are a father who understands that time spent with children is amazing, then you will know that the time is just as important as the gift.
My Son loves the game section. He creates interesting reasons as to why he needs to go down that section when we shop. I eventually get there with him, as he remains serious in his explanation; glasses cleaned with perfection and as I rapidly ask questions and demand explanations on the latest toy or game that he wants. Not because I know that he will end up with the gift at some point, but I know that the time we will share he will remember. If you mix together this time of year with the quality time spent, you will ultimately end up with small, but important things called “memories.”
My daughter’s heart of gold is transparent, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like receiving gifts. She mentioned to me weeks ago how important Christmas is as the entire family sat and watched one of the several Christmas movies on television. Sure, her Christmas list is longer than last year, but the idea of Happy Holidays means to be…happy.
Drink In the Attention
If you are a dad with offspring wondering about love or presents or both during this Christmas season, let old conflicts and past let downs be a figment of your imagination. You have “little people” looking up to you, smiling and loving your tenacity and will to reach their heart. Merry Christmas!
G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.