I've just been playing a three-day Winterfest in my BACC game. The household I'm playing has three toddlers (I must be mad) and the two adults, so it got quite busy. I ended up with about three presents each for the children (plus one each I had their mum buy on the computer) and it got me thinking about what you all do with the Winterfest presents?
For example, my family's son, Caiden, is the youngest of the three children and won't ge up for quite a while yet. None of his presents were toddler-friendly; he got a Voidcritter Card from Father Winter, a violin and a doctor playset. While he can't do anything with any of those yet, it's given me ideas for a possible career path and hobby for his future. Since he got the violin, I'm thinking that music could end up being his passion and as such, I'll defeinitely have him learning to play it a lot when he grows up. With the doctor playset, who knows? He might go to Uni one day (trust me, it'll be well and truly out by the time this guy ages to Yound Adult!) and become a doctor because of the interest as a child. I'm also going to have him being mad about the Voidcritters, since that interest has started early.
Another example is the father, William, got a book about learning to play the piano. He's actually a fitness guy and goes for a run every day, does yoga etc so the piano book was a surprise. However, I'm going to take it that he is expressing an interest in learning to play and as such, his wife bought him the book for Winterfest. Now that's going to be fun later on, when Caiden grows up and starts playing the violin. Father-son jam sessions, anyone?
I also discovered this feature:
(I renamed Winterfest to Christmas Day for my game, obviously.)
I had no idea this was even a thing! Both parents got presents (admittedly from the children but what can you do?) through the post. Funnily enough, William's was a Jazz Cats picture and it 'came' from Caiden. So I think I really will do those jam sessions. It feels like the game is telling me to!
So how much do the random presents from Winterfest affect your sims? Do you use them to develop hobbies? Or do you disregard them completely?