Every year, like most children, my kids put together lists of the things they want for Christmas. Each list has always remained very similar to the previous years. Ava almost always wants American Girl dolls and all sorts of goodies to go with them. Jack sticks to Ninja Turtles, Hotwheels, Star Wars, and video games. Cadence prefers Doc McStuffins and Minnie Mouse. They’re predictable kids who’re easy to shop for. That’s why this year threw me for a loop. My kids don’t want toys this year.
I’m sure that last sentence confused you as much as it did me. My kids, ages 4, 7, and 9, do not want a single toy. What?!
A New Theme – My Kids Don’t Want Toys
I asked them this year to create their lists. What they gave me blew me away. It started with Ava. Her’s was the first list I read. She asked only that I redo her bedroom. With a new theme being requested, she decided that she was getting too old for character themed everything. The theme that she wants is something that focuses on Paris. Even though she’s never been there, she has big dreams of going there some day. The City of Lights, to her, is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I can’t even disagree with her. Paris is always a good idea.
The thought, though, that she was tired of her room being so heavily focused on Disney’s Frozen was shocking. She’s “too old” for it? How can a nine year old be “too old” for Disney?
Of course, since her and her sister share a room, I had to talk to my youngest daughter first. Like Ava, Cadence wanted new things for her bedroom. I showed her pictures of what Ava wanted just to be sure. She was in total agreement. Paris in, Frozen OUT!
Having talked to both girls about their Christmas wish lists, I moved on to my son. To my surprise, his list mirrored theirs. My son, who always wants superhero this, Star Wars that, wanted his room redone. The theme? Hunting. He’s seven. A Mossy Oak lamp with antlers around it, a bear rug, curtains.. He wants the whole nine. According to him, he is also getting too old to have a character based room. That includes my beloved Star Wars.
Their Christmas lists and mindsets ushered in new themes entirely this year, both literally and figuratively. I still haven’t processed the idea, because it means they’re growing up a bit and trying to figure out who they are. Still though, I’m obliging their requests and fixing up their rooms for Christmas. After all, they’re “too old” for character themed anything.