My neighbor and schoolmate Liz did get “Operation.” Let me here confess the envy that I felt seeing it on her dining room table amidst all the Christmas wrapping paper.
The envy lasted about five minutes while we played it together, and then it was abandoned to play “Little House on the Prairie” in her backyard. I don’t remember ever playing or desiring “Operation” again. (Though sometimes, when I’m in the toy aisle, I gaze wistfully at it.)
I learned a valuable lesson that day: some whiz-bang toys that seem cool truly do pale in comparison to a good story. (As an adult, I also realize how wise my parents were—I was the fifth of six children, so they were pretty smart by me—that glitzy toys are not pure gold).
Don’t get me wrong. We have plenty of electronics at our house. We like using them, from fighting over who gets to play “Angry Birds” on the iPad to marathon games of hula hoop or “Sports Resort” on the Wii.
But there is nothing like carving out some time, especially in these colder months, for enjoying and sharing good books. I propose the giving of engaging and soul-filling books, as gifts this Christmas season.
At our house, we have a newer tradition of giving books on St. Nicholas Day, so there is plenty of time throughout Advent and the Christmas season for reading. Even with a book-loving mom & dad, I notice our kids sometimes might seem –underwhelmed.