The Holidays Are Upon Us.
Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year, in fact, it’s my favorite holiday of all time. There’s nothing like a white Christmas, singing Christmas carols, going tobogganing or baking cookies.
But, there’s truly something special when you give someone a gift that they absolutely love and the sheer joy resonates and fills the room. That look on your loved one’s face is something that is truly priceless and what the season is all about.
One of our most fondest Christmases was when our second little angel joined us to celebrate. Gabby was an only child for a long time and when we decided to have another little angel, it was truly a blessing to be a family of four. Pictured above, you will see my eldest’s excitement of being a big sister.
We had gone to Frankenmuth (a German Christmas town in Michigan), as we do every year. Gabby picked out her ornament for the year and she decided on one that said, “Sisters Make the Best Friends.” It was truly a moment of happiness and joy for me and I’m so happy I was able to capture it!
Another one of our yearly traditions is making a gingerbread house. It’s something that we love doing together, I usually do a very small part since I’m not really gifted in that sense. But, Gabby and Dara have had lots of practice together and make a great team. This year is the first year that Mimi is looking forward to decorating it and remembers our tradition.
Wonder and Awe.
This was Mimi’s first Christmas and we thought it appropriate bringing her to a Christmas Town to expose her to the magic of Christmas. We stepped into a huge store full of holiday decorations, beautifully lit trees, tinkering toys and enormous displays. As you can see, the true and utter wonder is in her eyes.
The Gift of Gift Giving.
Throughout the years, there’s been quite a few reactions to gifts. I guess as parents, we have to be on the ball and know what our kids like and what they need. Last year, Gabby sat silent, mouth ajar and staring for over a minute until she completely flipped out over her new iPod 4S.
Then there was that year where we told her to close her eyes and right in front of her appeared a brand new bike, helmet and a bell that she had wanted. She literally FELL flat, full body and then jumped up in excitement.
In the pictures above, is Mimi’s first Christmas. She is digging into her gift bag in pure curiosity and not so sure on what she’d find. Gabby was gaga over her favorite show back then and getting PJ’s of it. Then you can see her pure and utter delight when she sees Nintendo DS accessories, which meant–there was a Nintendo DS somewhere and it was PINK!
It’s moments like that that make the holiday rush so worthwhile. But, there’s really a science behind finding the PERFECT toys for YOUR child. You have to do your research, scope out the hottest toys and plan ahead. This is where Sears Toy Shop proves to be the best tool to doing just that.
I went through the entire list and found some that I think are truly awesome and that I would love to place under the tree. I also let the girls take a look after and had them pick a few things for their wishlist.
HOTTEST TOYS LIST FOR SANTA FROM THE TOY SHOP:
- Barbie Store-It-All Rolling Case
- Fisher-Price ‘On-The-Go’ Musical Instruments
- Vtech Coglsley Robot Tutor
- LeapFrog™ LeapPad™ Ultra Tablet
- Barbie Dream House’ Dollhouse
- Barbie Fashionistas Fashion Fabulous™ Teresa Doll
- Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Ken Doll
- Barbie Life In The Dream House Raquelle/Summer
- LEGO® Star Wars® Republic Troopers™ Vs Sith™ Troopers
- MONSTER HIGH ‘Monster High’ Karaoke with Screen
As you can see by the girl’s wish list, it’s full of Barbie and the Barbie Dreamhouse is definitely the TOP on every little girl’s list this year! I love that Sears is in the know and has all the biggest toys of the year. Check out Sears Toy Shop to fulfill your wishlists.
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What is on your kids’ wishlist this year?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own and have not been influenced in any way..
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.