Peggy Gandy Published: December 17, 2011

The holiday season is  hectic for parents, especially the ones with little ones. Assembling “Santa Claus” can get hairy when it  comes  down to the last hours  before Christmas morning dawns.

You would think with our high tech society, manufacturers would have figured out by now how to market toys that come fully as sembled, or at least with batteries! Wrong.

But then where would all the drug stores and 7-Elevens be if it weren’t for the frantic parents who dash out at the last minute  to pick up batteries for Ninja Turtles and Phillips head screwdrivers?

I’m not sure whose household inspired the immortal lines “…and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

Get real. Mothers and fathers are up stirring around sometimes as late as 6 a.m. on Christmas morning?

Parents work through the night putting handle bars on bicycles and fumbing through packing paper trying to find the little spring marked “E” that has to be attached to the “A” sprocket of the spoke marked “XY’”.

They are filling Barbie pools with heated water, putting together her hair dryer, waxing Ken’s sports car and assembling swing sets  boxed in 34 parts.

Do the manufactuers not realize there are families who do not own a pair of pliers or a screw driver? That these families use a bread knife to whittle the trunk of a Christmas tree to make it fit into a tree stand?

Just uncrating some of the larger toys is beyond some parents. For starters they can’t figure which end of the carton to rip open. And even when they get that worked out they sometimes have to resort to jumping up and down on top of the boxes or nudging them with the car bumper.

But parents survive all this and more on Christmas Eve, finally falling into bed so they can sleep fast and awaken feeling jolly,  full of good cheer and the magic of Christmas.

So, have a happy one. May all of your wind-up toys work and someone remember to put out the stocking stuffers!


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