Many people feel that Christmas is a time for children. Children wait in anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus, bringing toys to all the good boys and girls. The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of a child's anticipation. Decorating the Christmas tree with a "Toyland" theme can help everyone see Christmas from a child's perspective.
Wooden soldiers are commonly associated with Christmas time. "The Nutcracker" and "Babes in Toyland" both feature toy soldiers in their winter-themed stories. Small soldier nutcrackers and toy soldier ornaments can be added to the Christmas tree. Small toy soldiers can also be transformed into ornaments for your tree. Tie a piece of string to the soldiers' heads, helmets or guns to hang them on the tree.
Teddy bears are a classic holiday toy that many young children in particular frequently ask for. These bears come in all shapes and sizes. Purchase small-sized teddy bears throughout the year to help decorate your tree. Teddy bears are generally lightweight and can easily sit among the branches without being hung from them. Larger teddy bears can be placed underneath the tree. Decorate their necks with bows made from Christmas ribbon to make them more festive.
Many ornament manufacturers now make ornaments that are in the shape of toys from the past, as well as current toys. These ornaments fit well with a Toyland theme for your Christmas tree. Classic toys such as Little People buildings, See-N-Says, Etch-a-Sketches and more can be purchased for your Toyland-themed tree. Small train ornaments are another toy-themed addition for your tree. Each year companies come out with more of these ornaments, so you can add to your collection frequently to improve upon your theme.
Craft stores often carry dollhouse miniatures for making dollhouses. These miniatures are the perfect size to make your own ornaments. The tiny furniture can easily be threaded onto a string and hung from the tree. You can glue dolls into rocking chairs or create an entire scene. Glue together a table and chairs with one or two dolls seated at the table. Glue a miniature tea set to the surface of the table to make it look as though the dolls are having a tea party.
Around the Tree
Once you have decorated your Christmas tree with a Toyland theme, you can expand that theme beneath your tree. Many train enthusiasts already run a train beneath their tree. Encircle the bottom of the tree with model train track and run a train around your tree. Place small toys onto the flat cars to enhance the toy theme. Place a small toy wagon beneath the tree and fill it with stuffed animals and dolls.
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