Belle has been writing her Christmas list over the last few weeks and it has been very heartening not to be presented simply with a request for half a dozen different electronic devices. Of course this could be because she already has half a dozen electronic devices, but I’m going to pretend it’s because I have brought her up to be wholesome and traditional and to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.*
To be fair to her, although she likes the internet as much as the next 12 year old, she does enjoy a lot of non-internet based things too. She is really into dance for instance and I am quite happy to spend a few minutes every day watching her perform her latest dance routine if it means she is at least moving around for part of the evening and not just designing virtual cheesecakes for me on the iPad that I then have to pretend to eat and, worse, enjoy.
Even better of course is that low tech Christmas gifts tend to be much cheaper and bulkier, so they fill up the space under the tree nicely and make it look like you have been really very generous indeed.
So if you can’t bear the thought of a small pile of tablets under the Christmas tree this year, what can you buy instead? I’ve been browsing at The Works for some ideas:
Board games are a Christmas classic and I personally think that everyone should be made to play at least one board game on Christmas Day, whether they want to or not and regardless of how drunk and/or full of Elizabeth Shaw mints they are. If I was Prime Minister I might even make it a law.
I suspect Belle might rather enjoy the QI board game as she is always regaling me with ‘fascinating’ facts that she has picked up from Horrible Histories and the like.
Christmas for me is all about books and so obviously I impose this on my children too.
“Hooray!” they will all cry, full of what I perceive to be genuine enthusiasm, “another set of books!”
Seriously though, the Christmas holidays are long and fairly dull after about 3pm on Christmas day so choose some hefty serials to keep them busy.
Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to kick back with a puzzle? I know I do.
“Let’s see if we can turn the Christmas washing up into a game shall we?”
What’s on your kids’ Christmas lists this year? Do you try to keep the festive season low tech or will it be Hudls all the way?
*Hahahahahahahaha!!! The highlight of Belle’s week has been the fact that someone on Instagram with what she called a ’64K account’ followed her. “They are really famous!”