I have made a decent dent into the family's Christmas purchasing so far. Just the immediate family--friends and extended family are still waiting.
With my blessing, my mother has decided to get the kids a Wii. That almost spurred an actual argument between me and the hubby. See, hubby is a bit of a stick-in-the-mud (love ya, honey). Unless it is reading or science related, he is just not interested and thinks it is a waste of time. I have the role of fun protector. I make sure we have a functioning DVD player, allow the children to play on websites, allow them to read books for entertainment value, take them to movies--and now introduce them a real video game console.
I do not know when the kids will have time to play it. They can barely squeeze in any time for the computer, so we'll see how it goes. The reason they do not have much time for the computer (even though I would allow them each 45 minutes a day) is because they are not allowed to play before the school day ends, we only have one computer they are allowed to use and they need to share it with us and my e-mail, shopping, and news checking alway take priority, and they need us to enter the password so they have to wait until we are available.