Christmas Means Hanging Toys Up on a Tree and Not Letting Kids Play with Them

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The cruel irony of Christmas is that the cooler the ornaments are to kids to put on a tree, the less they want to keep them there.  For example, if you were a Star Wars obsessed-three-year-old offspring of two IT people and had recently been introduced to Star Trek by your dad, a collection of Hallmark ornaments is just the thing you need.

Karenna and I were unable to keep up with him.  We'd put two ornaments on the tree, he'd take three off to do battle.  They were no longer ornaments; they had become Jude's new seasonal action figure collection.  After watching First Contact with Daddy, he loved discovering the button on the borg cube that made the voice say, "We are the borg. Enjoy your holiday. Resistance is futile."

When it was bedtime, he was still disappointed that we had not finished.  "Wait!" he said.  "We didn't play with the Jesus action figures yet."  Did I mention that after Mommy had him watch Jesus Christ Superstar, he became convinced Jesus is the coolest of all the superheroes?  Should I fear for the Nativity set?

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