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Holiday shopping gets tougher

I realized this past weekend as much as I like to think I am in tune with the ways of the world and what kids like, I have sadly missed the mark when it comes to knowing what my nephews and nieces want for Christmas this year.
As I engaged in the annual ritual of asking them what toys they might want, I actually had to get out a pen and write their answers down because I had absolutely no idea what they were asking me for.
Part of this is my own fault because instead of buying them the sensible gifts like clothes and shoes, I have always left that up to their parents and instead bought them the latest toy they couldn’t live without or games that would make their little lives worth living, according to them of course.
So as we went through the list of things they would like, I found myself wondering where the heck I’ve been? How did I not know that Polly Pocket has made a comeback from when I was a kid or that my niece has moved past Dora the Explorer to the ever-popular Hannah Montana? I chalk it up to not watching the cartoon network lately because if I had I am sure I would have been bombarded with commercials showing me the latest and greatest new toy, but instead I am now left wondering what an “Air Hogg” is. Not only do I have to quickly find out what it is, I am on a quest to find one because a remote controlled helicopter is the ONLY thing my oldest nephew is asking for. His sister on the other hand has graciously given me a list of items she would like to see under the tree. However, they come with stipulations of their own, the only colors she would like things in are pink and purple because those are her favorite colors right now. Seeing as how she is a Hannah Montana addict though, I am sure finding something in those colors will not be too difficult.
That brings us to the middle nieces; one wants some sort of animal toy where pets are small and you look after them. After much debate at work, which branched out into us reminiscing about Sesame Street and what we watched as kids, we still don’t really know what animal toy she wants. However, her sister is going through a Barbie phase and wants all things Barbie. Well not all things exactly, just some sort of Barbie castle. I think it might be called Diamond Castle, which might help me narrow it down but to be honest, when I was a kid I cut off all my Barbie’s hair and painted her face with markers in protest of getting one for Christmas from a well meaning aunt. so maybe I should leave that gift to someone else to pick out.
Which brings us to my youngest nephew, who at the age of 2 might be my saving grace for gift buying this year because he is too little to ask for anything or have a favorite. He is just as happy with the box the toys come in as he is with the toys, so I think I will have the most fun shopping for him.
As I set about to collect these treasures for my pack of little people and wonder how I went from being able to sing along with the SpongeBob SquarePants theme music into not knowing all their favorite things, I think I’ll take some time to think about being able to play with them as they all unwrap their new toys. Even though I might not know what the toys are, taking delight in every minute I spend with the kids while they play with them is something I don’t need help figuring out.
P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and for all the Black Friday shoppers, save me an Air Hogg or two! (Whatever that is!)

Candie Beck-Adams is community editor for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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