|The actual name of this clipart? Happy|
Caucasian Family of Four Opening
Presents on Christmas Morning
My family's way of doing things is even more justified today since toy packaging has gotten so much more complicated. When you've got a kid chomping at the bit for his new toy, it feels like it takes for.e.ver. to extricate the stupid toy from the packaging. I think a good rule of thumb for toy manufacturers is that any packaging that requires tools that are not allowed on airplanes is too much. I know that I needed box cutters, a machete, and some minor explosives this year. Toys that require batteries also beg for this approach because who remembers to have that small Phillips-head screwdriver on hand, let alone the right size batteries?
In the end, I decided to go with a combo of some wrapped and some unwrapped presents for Audrey. She has recently begun to get into opening presents, so I didn't want to deny her that. But when it came to Barbie, I really didn't want to be handling sharp objects at 6:00am with no caffeine in me. So in the waning hours of Christmas Eve, Barbie and I spent some quality time together. Either Barbie is way into bondage or her manufacturer is concerned that neither a hair on her head nor a CFM shoe on her freakishly small feet move even the slightest fraction of an iota during her long journey from the Far East.
One of Audrey's gifts was Equestrian Barbie and her horse Tawny, who requires 4 AAA batteries. I was so proud that I had Tawny all ready go, posed under the tree with Barbie mounting her. Audrey came down the stairs and I immediately pushed Tawny's button and had her trot over to Audrey...who was completely freaked out by it and asked me to turn it off. Yes, the first words out of her mouth on Christmas morning were "Where's the off button?" Outstanding.
But I knew that all I had to do was create some crazy and semi-sadistic play schemes and Audrey would be all over it.
Barbie is in a sugar-induced coma, and her disproportionately long neck has been broken from multiple Tawny tramplings. She is currently