My kids are just getting to that age (almost 8 and 5).
The kids are also getting to the age where they realize that things were different in the past, so I get questions like, "did you have electricity when you were a kid?" :-)
My father could honestly say that he didn't have indoor plumbing when he was a kid growing up in rural Colorado (though they did have electricity). But what can I say about the hardships of my childhood compared to that of my children? The answer lies in old video and computer games.
A company called Namco has released several classic (and some not so classic) video games in a console-less form factor they plug directly into the audio/video jacks of your TV. They have one that includes Pong and Asteroids, two of my all-time favorites! I hope Santa brings me one this year.
On the computer game front, Wumpus and Adventure are still available (you can Google them yourself).
You are in room 1 of the cave, and have 5 arrows left.
*rustle* *rustle* (must be bats nearby)
*whoosh* (I feel a draft from some pits).
*sniff* (I can smell the evil Wumpus nearby!)
There are tunnels to rooms 7, 8, and 14.
Move or shoot? (m-s)
I showed them to my kids this morning and the older one was intrigued (the 5-year old can't read, so that's a bit of a challenge). I think it's really cool that these old games can still be fun even without the blood and gore of the typical FPS (First Person Shooter) type game.
(Postscript: yes, we had Christmas when I was a kid.)