I love the holiday season and the spirit it brings, especially to a child. Growing up, I loved having my own tree and decorations in my room and I want the same for Tipp. I recently found my old table top tree that I had in college in my parents attic and it currently lights up Tipp’s room with the soft glow of colored lights and the few ornaments he has already collected. I also wanted to Tipp to have some Christmas things of his own, and for the past few weeks, I have had my eye on the precious Little People Nativity set. I originally saw it in the Fisher-Price catalog that has repeatedly shown up in my mailboxes preceding the holidays. They must know I am sucker for all of the Little People that Tipp loves.
On Saturday mornings when Tipp and I sneak off to Target to do the weekly grocery shopping, we often take a stroll through the toy aisle to see what might catch his attention. I know I won’t be able to do this for long without trouble, but for now it’s our little tradition. We always check out the books, Chuck trucks, Cars toys, and Little People….that’s when I saw the Nativity Set. It seems cheesy, but those short, fat Little People are so precious! Especially when I could imagine Tipp’s little hands carrying baby Jesus and Mary around.
I waited until the weekend before Thanksgiving before buying it and let Tipp open it right away. I wanted him to enjoy playing with it this holiday season. And while he is too young to understand the story of Jesus’ birth, I look forward to sharing it with him over the years to come and letting him have a little piece of Christmas for his room.
Each night before I go up to bed, in what has become one of my favorite parts of the day, I find all the pieces that have been strewn all over the living room floor and one by one set everyone in their place. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas, especially when it comes to the toy aisle, but I hope this toy will act as double duty for Tipp and us by reminding us about the miracles that bless our life.