The messages were beeping in, one after another, until I clicked over to the Facebook thread between me and a few friends to see what the panic was.
It was not an emergency. It was that no one had any idea what to get their kids for Christmas.
I mean, they had ideas — just not real-life gifts they could actually buy. One child desperately wanted a doll that talked, walked and ate. We’ve had a lot of Baby Alives in our house, and none of them did all three. My friend bemoaned that particular doll was merely a digital animation in a cartoon show, and therefore not an actual doll that could be purchased. Uh-oh.
Another friend said her child had decided they really wanted a Barbie camper van, only to decide several days later they had changed their mind. D’oh!
We are still (barely) in our early 30s, and when we were kids, things were different. We pored over the Sears Wishbook and circled items in ballpoint pen, or we got brainwashed by the constant toy commercials that played during the Saturday morning cartoons.
These days, our kids hardly ever see a commercial thanks to Netflix, DVRs, streaming and OnDemand. The only catalogue in our house is from IKEA and I’m pretty sure they don’t want a Söderhamn sofa under the tree.
It made me wonder about how in the heck some parents really are supposed to figure out what to get their kids for Christmas …