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[personal profile] mific asks: Do you enjoy Christmas more, or less, now the kidlet's older?

I have mixed feelings. Every now and then I catch myself looking longingly at a toy catalog or a coloring book. Little kids actually like toys and play with them. Teenagers give you a sympathetic glance full of shared nostalgia, but really all they want is money.

On the other hand, when your kid is a high school senior:

- Yes, there are still kids' performances to go to this time of year, but they're well-done and genuinely entertaining.
- If something needs assembly, you can hand it to the kid and say, "Here. Your eyes are better than mine."
- You don't have that period right after a gift-giving holiday when your living room is so full of brightly colored plastic that you can't walk across it.
- Teenagers know their limits, so you don't have to be the one doing all the tantrum-prevention duty.

I got particularly lucky because the kidlet's new favorite thing to do on Christmas morning is cook a huge breakfast.

So I'd have to say that on the whole the balance is with the older kid.

On the other hand, my best friend, who got her spawning done much younger than I did, has been rewarded with a brand-new grandchild, and that's looking like it might be the best option of all.



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Date: 12/3/16 04:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] james
I would be the sort of parent who would absolutely give my teen gift cards and cash - but I would find empty boxes like for an Easy Bake Oven and put a card down in the corner of it. Or stuff a $20 inside the package of underwear.

On the other hand, my teen would have been living with me for many years and would probably a) share my sense of humor and b) be onto my tricks. Which would ruin half the fun.

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Date: 12/4/16 06:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
Ha! My parents used to do that to my brother, hide his real present inside an empty box of, e.g. crackers.

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Date: 12/3/16 05:10 pm (UTC)
kass: omg wtf yuletide! (wtf (yuletide))
From: [personal profile] kass
I love that your kidlet cooks Christmas breakfast! <3

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Date: 12/3/16 06:49 pm (UTC)
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