Why We Don't Own a TV
I am glad our family doesn't have a TV. We have two computers and a WiFi network instead. Our kids watch their fair share of DVDs, but we have never owned a television.
Today I realized one big bonus of not owning a TV: Our kids do not watch commercials. We stay out of the malls at this time of year, and our children are quite sheltered from Christmas consumer panic. They don't have a clue about which toys are "cool". I don't think they realize that Christmas could involve getting lots of expensive presents.
My's son's innocence was reinforced today when someone asked what he would like to receive for Christmas.
"I'd like this game," he said, "You know what it is? It's called trekkers."
"Trekkers? I don't think I've heard of that game."
"Oh, " my three-year-old explained, "It's a game you play with black circles and red circles, and they jump over each other."
"You mean checkers?"
"Yeah! That's what I want for Christmas."
Ben and I had decided to start a tradition at Christmas this year. We want to buy one new board game as a group gift for our family each year. For this Christmas I bought a nice set of dominoes. I love classic games that have stood the test of time.
If my little boy would like a set of checkers too, I think I might have to make another trip to the store. :-)