If you have children in your home, children or grandchildren, you might be interested in the Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set. I bought it 3 years ago for the kids to use when they were at my house. This set took center stage on my living room coffee table because I didn't want to have my ceramic set broken. I wanted them to be able to have a hands-on experience with Baby Jesus. When you press on the angel on the stable, it plays "Away in a Manger."
Then I found this one, which plays the whole Christmas story when you press the button:
This one looks like it is made from dough. All the figures could be hung on the tree, but it also makes a great hands-on play experience.
Yesterday, the girls were so involved in playing with all of these things that I just sat back, watched, listened, smiled to myself, and took a few pictures. They are very creative little players.
Even with all of these things especially bought and set up for them, they found it more fun to play with something that was not a toy. It's not expensive, nor is it an heirloom, but it is breakable and I've had it for quite a few years.
I heard some clanking and clicking and discovered that Care Bear was taking all the little cups out and stacking them up. I warned her to be very careful and to put them back. Oops -- too late!
But - Grandma can't say too much - the day before, I decided to wash one of them in the dishwasher because somehow it had gotten sticky and dirty. Not a good idea! Turns out it wasn't colored glass after all, but covered glass - with plastic!
One final picture with a cute story, unrelated to the kiddoes. I have a small collection of snowmen, with quite a few on the tree, but the beginning of a collection for the shelf.
DC brought me the large one standing on the left. When I asked him where it came from, he told me this great story - one of the ladies he works with spends a lot of time on the phone with customers of their company. One of her clients brought her this snowman last year. It seems that she had some sort of falling out with this gentleman and she is mad at him. This little guy laid on the floor by her desk all year. DC asked her today if she wanted it - she said no, she didn't want it because of her frustration with this guy. So he brought it home for me. I don't know why she didn't throw it away, but I'm glad she didn't!
Have a wonderful and blessed week-end!