What kid doesn’t like to play with new stuff?!? Something that’s been fun for our children (and us!) is that we have a few special toys and books packed away with the holiday decorations that only come out at Christmastime. Oh, the joy when they discover their beloved treasures as we unpack our ornaments and other Christmas dust collectors (I do so love Christmas decorations, but I do despise dusting).
A couple of years ago, Santa was considerate enough to leave this Fisher Price Little People Nativity Set (um, minus the race car, farmer, and John Deere tractor… oops) which has been a huge hit each winter since. You may want to visit Amazon to see what the complete set looks like, because I believe some of our animals are currently, according to my children, “out to pasture.”
In addition to the nativity, our kids become giddy over their Christmas book collection each year. I’m a little giddy myself that Polar Bear, Polar Bear can hibernate for a month or so. Some of the books we enjoy include Anne Gedde’s take on The Twelve Days of Christmas, Usborne Books’ Lift-the-Flap Nativity and Touchy-Feely Nativity, and One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham.
Suckers for puzzles, they also have loads of fun with the Farmyard Tales Christmas Jigsaw Book, which pretty much lives on my dining room floor for the month of December.
Saving these special treasures for Christmastime works for me in many ways:
- The surprise factor – “Wow! Look at that” and all of the I’m-no-longer-complaining-that-it’s-cold-outside-because-I’m-too-busy-playing that goes with it.
- I’ve got lots of breakable treasures that are hands-off for the kids. It makes them happy to have something of their own to actually touch.
- “New” toys and books give them (and their glassy-eyed parents) a break from same ol’ same ol’.
- Getting these items out just once a year reduces wear and tear and increases their life span.
Do you have special Christmas games, toys or books that you bring out just for the season? I’d love to hear about them!