When I was a kid, I didn't care much for time management. You live by the seat of your pants and wherever you wanted to ride your bike that day. You don't plan ahead, and you drop everything if a baseball or basketball game breaks out.
But Christmas Day was different.
From right when I woke up, I had to have a plan. You only have so many hours from when you open presents until when church starts, so you have to prioritize your time.
The best toys always got priority; otherwise, I would be kicking myself in church that I didn't play with them right away.
Any toy that didn't get played with you would think about during church and then make a beeline to it when you got home. Then after coming back from church, even more decisions needed to be made as to what toys you would play with you when riding to visit the relatives on Christmas Day.
These were some big decisions for a kid.
I try to think back about the best gift I've ever received as a kid. The only one that comes to mind is the original Nintendo gaming system. We would play the Nintendo "Super Mario Brothers" and "RBI Baseball" games until our hands hurt.
Speaking of Christmas presents, my two brothers and I would always sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve. We were so excited that we wanted to wake up in unison and get to the presents. My older brother and I would be jealous of our younger brother since he was able to fall asleep so quickly on Christmas Eve. We would try to sleep too, knowing that when we woke up it would be fun galore.
As I've gotten older, that excitement over Christmas has faded. Well, now it's my turn to be the parent, and I hope memories are made with my children that will last a lifetime.
I'm hoping they can also rekindle that enthusiasm I used to have for Christmas and all its wonder. Isn't it great to experience things again through a child's eyes?
I hope everyone has a happy holiday season, and kids, make sure you have a plan for Christmas. Those new toys are going to need some attention.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org