It’s always Christmas time at Christmas Village in Rapid City, South Dakota. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I love decorating our tree, the home and our walkway. It’s something Peyton and I have been doing together since the day she was born. Granted, when she was a baby she sat and watched. But now, Peyton has just as much fun as I do unwrapping each one of our holiday decorations and placing them throughout our home. While we driving on our way to Mount Rushmore I saw Christmas Village and knew that we had to make some time on our trip to stop and visit. I couldn’t wait to see what treasures they had.
The kids were not very excited to stop at Christmas Village. I can understand why a child would not find shopping very exciting, but I sure was excited! When you walk into Christmas Village the whole place is covered in decorated Christmas trees, villages and ornaments! It’s like Christmas time has exploded in every inch fo the store. It was beautiful. And with all those delicate ornaments adorning the walls there were plenty of signs warning you not to touch, children not to touch and if you break it you buy it. So ladies, watch those purses! This may be one time you want to leave your purse in the car and just bring in your wallet. And if you have rambunctious kids let them hang out outside while you take a peek inside.
Peyton is very well behaved inside stores so I brought her along with me. Plus, I was hoping to find an ornament that we would both love so we could remember our time in South Dakota. As I browsed throughout the store I came across a peacock themed tree! It was stunning. I would love to do a tree like that in our home but Peyton wants an Angel on the top. And this tree had peacock feathers sticking out of the top. But we both loved this tree. So we compromised and bought 2 peacock ornaments to add to our collection. And they were glass. The rest of our trip I treated those glass ornaments like gold. I was so afraid they would break! But they made it home in one piece and I cannot wait to put them on our tree in a few weeks.
While I was looking around I also found a huge collection of snow globes. Every year, Santa brings Peyton a new snowglobe to add to her Christmas decorations. Well, some of those early snowglobes did not survive the toddler years. But I found one that had frosty the snowman and it was unique, special and colorful. I knew this one was going to be the snowglobe for this year. But I had to be sneaky! I had to get that snowglobe up to the counter without Peyton seeing it and have the ladies wrap it up so Peyton didn’t know what it was. You know what? I did it! And the shop owner was more than happy to box it up.