The holidays present us with some easy tv-free options. Our top two favorites so far have been decorationg the house and tree and driving around to see the lights.
I pulled all of the decoration boxes out of the attic last week and decided a one a day option was best for us to do things carefully, double check for the breakable factor and not overwhelm a 2 year old. I definitely have enjoyed collecting ornaments for the tree over the years. But, the fact that I had enough unbreakable ornaments for the tree and still had 2-3 more boxes of breakables that I tucked back into the attic may make me pause on collecting any more that aren’t made by Tomato’s hands. If anything, it will make it fun to rotate the ornaments each year and have a good time finding alternative ways to display them. Today, I’m sharing three of my favorite ornaments with you.
This hippo ornament is from Red Marionette on Etsy. I first head “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey when Tomato was few months old and decided that I would start a tradition of getting her a new hippo each Christmas. This was the second one that she got and I love the cute expression, great stitchwork and the fact that she can enjoy one of her ornaments without the fear of breaking it.
This lovely bird comes from Terrain. I highly recommend getting to a Terrain location (PA or CT) and checking out how they decorate for the holidays. But, I recommend the after-Christmas sales even more. If you love the style of Terrain, take a moment to see what they already have on sale and maybe make a wish list for December 26th.
Finally, we have the handcrafted wooden ornament from Little Sapling Toys. I first wrote about this ornament in 2011 in my initial Little Sapling Toys review. I love the texture in it and you can have them customize the back of the ornament with a engraved message. Again, I love that it is a material with which she can interact and not break and it’s a timeless heirloom piece to be cherished and passed down in the family.
In addition to getting our house prepped for the holidays, we have had a blast driving around our area to see the lights on the houses. We have found that Tomato is a big fan of the different blow up decorations and loves shouting “Rudolph” as she sees each reindeer set up on various lawns. Over these last few weeks, it’s been worth calling for takeout and using the wait time to drive around until our dinner is ready.
So, what non-TV holiday activities have you been enjoying lately?