I love it when Anna invents her own games. Her latest invention is “Santa game”. I think it was inspired by her self-made bracelet that has a jingle bell on it. She was wearing it one day and suddenly she announced that she will be Santa and she will bring me presents. We played it many times since then – sometimes she plays Santa and my role is to admire my presents, sometimes she wants me to play Santa, and then I draw a line at 10 “presents” before calling it quits. Usually in the end of the game Anna eventually picks one or two of her “presents” and plays with them for a while. I enjoy seeing her excitement when she plays both roles, and it also gives me a chance to “recycle” some of the small toys and books that we keep in our kitchen and reintroduce her to some forgotten favorites.
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