Silas is really, really into the whole Tomten thing. Every morning he runs to the tree to find him there and excitedly asks us to untie the scroll so that he can see what that day's activity will be. I have to be honest, at two-years-old, Silas is still really excited about some really mundane things, and the Tomten has been taking advantage of this. "Today we're going to the grocery store! Sweet!"
It's been a really good reminder, for me, that kids don't need an elaborate treasure hunt (even though that's fun too). What they really want is just to be included in our lives in meaningful ways and for us to keep their needs in mind when we're planning the day's schedule. We absolutely had to go to the pet store today to get cat food, so that's the activity the Tomten had chosen for us today. But, rather than rushing in, buying the food, and rushing on to the next thing, I went at Silas' pace. We made time to pet the store dog, browse a bit, and Silas picked out a Christmas gift for each of the animals. This really didn't take that much longer, but it totally made his day.
Some other activities have included meeting reindeer...
...and making gingerbread men.
He's obsessed with the book and was delighted to have a chance to decorate his own little men. Strains of "run, run, as fast as you can!" could be heard over and over and over.