Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ravensburger Puzzle Gives Blogger Nightmare Before Christmas

Recently, I bought a Ravensburger Christmas Limited Edition Puzzle called "Santa's Flying Visit" at Gepetto's Toy Store in Fashion Valley. It cost me twenty bucks and it boasts 1000 pieces. I thought our family could start a new tradition of jigsaw-ing our way through the holiday season together. It looked cute, with galloping reindeer and a pudgy Santa in a sleigh full of red-ribboned gifts. There were other charming pictorials in the scene, like cherub-faced children in jammies smiling from their second story windows, a scarf-clad snowman, and a delightful hedgehog cuddled up next to a trumpeting angel. I pictured our family sipping cocoa and listening to holiday jingles, carrying on heartfelt conversations as we worked together to create a scene for the season. All the magic, however, came to a screeching halt when this blogger opened the box and dumped the pieces out onto the table. Oh crap.
A Few of the 1000 Pieces of Comfort and Joy
(Awesomely amateur photo credit: 'Piece of Work' Carrie Keyes)
This puzzle was hard, people! It took us hours to find the four corners. And so we became holiday hermits. We avoided telephone calls, ordered pizza, ditched parties and opted against festive holiday events. After a few days, even the dog was puzzled: he would howl when we neared the table. And, given my moderate dorkitude, I even had a nightmare about whether I would ever be able to distinguish the fur on the reindeer from the fur on the friggin' fox. Really. And then it got worse. The hundreds of plain white pieces of snow nearly sent me over the edge. Straight edge, that is.

After many sleepless nights, I now give you "Santa's Flying Visit." And yes, I had to climb a ladder and shoot down upon my masterpiece. I know. Dorky.
(Awesomely amateur photo credit: "Piece of Work" Carrie Keyes)
What family holiday traditions do you have? I'm puzzled, and I want to know...

*Hallelujah! It's finished. The YouTube song of the week is Handel's Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus.
*Gepetto's Toy Store has an awesome selection of educational and award-winning toys for children. (And apparently adults, too.)
*View the complete line of Ravensburger puzzles here.
*Learn more about Christmas traditions around the world.
*Have you seen Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas?

(Carrie Keyes is the author of the blog Pencil in Paradise at She is also a contributing blogger for and Find Paradise on Facebook (search Pencil in Paradise) and on Twitter (@CarrieKeyes).

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