Despite the fact that we’re total shopaholics here at MOMfinds, we’re moms first just like you, which means for the last month we’ve been frantic trying to ensure our kids were happy on Christmas morning. Well, 4 days later, I think it’s safe to say we all succeeded. Here are some highlights from Christmas morning in our houses and what gifts our kids liked best.
What do you give a LEGO maniac for Christmas? More LEGO, of course. But considering just how much LEGO my son has, it’s difficult to find new sets that a) he doesn’t already have and b) don’t cost an arm and a leg. Sorry, but he won’t be getting that $300 Taj Mahal set any time soon!
So when my husband and I found the new LEGO City Public Transport Set on sale at Toys R Us, we jumped on it and knew our son would love it. We were right. He tore through the gift wrap like there was no tomorrow, and when he saw the set, he squealed with delight and couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
We asked him why he loved LEGO so much, he simply said, “Because you can build anything with them and you don’t need instructions.” Good answer.
My 21-month old daughter is still learning how to talk, but she doesn’t need words to express just how much she loves her new Power Wheels Dora the Explorer Lil Quad. Her big-old smile is worth a thousand words.
That’s her outside our house riding her new toy like a pro. It fits her perfectly, and it’s really simple to operate—she just pushes a little button with her thumb and off she goes. It has a max speed of 2 MPH, so it’s fast enough for her to enjoy but slow enough for me to chase her around. And she’s still learning to steer, but I’m sure she’ll get the hang of it in a few days.
Yes, my daughter already has baby dolls. She actually has tons. She has Madeline, and Raggedy Ann; she has a plastic bath doll and a soft plush baby, too. She even has a Barbie Doll. But when she opened the genuine Corolle baby doll from her grandparents this year, her face showed that those other dolls would have to move over in her heart. We spent the majority of the holiday dressing and undressing the doll (nicknamed “big baby” but otherwise unnamed), putting her in the stroller, in the various baskets around the house, in the car, in the high chair, even on the toilet while she bathed (this one can’t get wet). We practiced diapering, and inserting the pink plastic bottle in her mouth, and of course spent an inordinate amount of time watching her eyes magically open and close when you change her from upright to a recline.
She doesn’t make noise, she doesn’t need batteries, and the smell of her head is so sweet I was immediately reeled back to my own childhood with so many dolls just like her. “Big Baby” is a welcome addition to our family, even though it’s a sobering reminder that my daughter isn’t a big baby anymore–she’s a big girl.
My daughter got a few really amazing gifts this year. The Fisher-Price iXL, as expected, was a huge hit and a lifesaver during our 3-hour car ride to my parent’s house. And she got a bunch of Dora PJ sets, which she has been living in ever since Saturday. But by far, the best gift she received was not from me, but from Mother Nature–snow! This is the first year she’s really able to appreciate it so she’s been building snow castles and throwing snowballs like there’s no tomorrow. I’m just thankful for the fleece mittens she received from Gap because they’ve kept her hands warm and dry.
What gifts did your children love? Tell us in the comments.
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