It's here — the month of holidays — so, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Peaceful Solstice, and happy whatever you celebrate! We will be open extra hours for the last two weeks of December, beginning on the 11th, and on Saturday December 16th, we will be celebrating Late Night Shopping Madness!! — open till at least 10pm for our annual neighborhood shopping party... wine, cookies, and of course, shopping advice. And now, we'll cut to the chase! First, a few new arrivals to note — the mesmerizing, and aptly named, Hypnogizmo — a very engaging combination of toy and science, and a new addition to the popular Ball of Whacks line called Rhombi. We also have a new fidgety sculpture toy, Abraka, and are proud to feature the world's worst flip book, made right here in Boston! We have two funny new coffee mugs by Emily McDowell and some fun new flamingo, giraffe and elephant finger puppets to join our classic tentacle. We also have a wonderful new series of sculptural books made in Japan — they're called 360 Degree books and we have Snow White, Earth in the Moon, and leading into our holiday items — the charming Snowy World.

Speaking of snow, we have a wonderful snowball from Finland. And lots of snow globes, both our Austrian Classics and many new designs from our American line including a lovely Partridge in a Pear Tree, Fox and Bear, Deer in the Woods, a Chickadee, a Dog in the Woods with Cardinal, St. Nick and more. We have a ducky new flip book from fliptomania, the funny new "Reindeer Games" and a bunch of cute felt animals to decorate your tree or shelves or wherever. We have a squirrel nut or candy bowl, some fun holiday headbands, a new blinking headpiece, and some festive glasses and of course our always popular Holiday Specs. Also "of course" for us at this time of year are Angel Chimes, two new singing animals, Rudy and the Jingles, and Blue Country Cody, and, a charming assortment of Wee Forest Folk, new pieces and classics.

Then we'll just briefly remind you of some of our most recent most popular items... our Feisty Pets, the wonderful Wobblo, our Zen jigsaw puzzles, a mug for bird lovers, the crazy cute Japanese blind boxes, the Princess Bride and Bob Ross books, classic desk signs... and the rest? We'll remind you in person! And of course, we must note here that we will close promptly at 4 on Christmas Eve, and be closed on Christmas Day. (And though this properly would go in the January newsletter — we'll also remind you that we will be closed on January 1st.) Thanks for reading through... and see you soon!