I promise not to let any spoilers slip, but I just have to tell you about the movie date I just had with my little boy. We went to see Disney’s FROZEN, and it turned out to be every bit as fabulous as I expected. We’re going to see it again while it’s still on the big screen…it’s just that fantastic. The music, the humor, the beautiful snowy landscapes…but most of all, the message. You just can’t walk away from FROZEN without realizing the importance of true love and sacrificing for those you care about.
So, back to our date. I knew we’d be out late, so I surprised my boy with a stop at Walmart for a movie-themed pillow or blanket to take along. The first thing we saw was the huge display of FROZEN dolls, and I have to admit, the sparkles and snowflakes brought back my inner 6-year-old. (There really is nothing like opening a new doll and brushing her hair. )
Lots of Anna and Elsa, but we were really looking for Olaf. Displays were everywhere, featuring cups and plates, pink blankets and pillows, pajamas and dresses…but no Olaf.
We searched and searched, but there was no Olaf to be found. He must be ONE popular snowman! After being told by an associate that there were none left, we found one lone Olaf pillow on a random shelf, so we grabbed him! Perfect for an after-bedtime movie! He definitely got plenty of hugs while we were in the theater.
Needless to say, the movie was a hit. Definitely one we’ll buy for home. I knew right away that I needed to head back to Walmart to grab a FROZEN toy for Christmas. So the next day, we did – in the snow!
I didn’t tell my boy that we were going to look at toys, but he had FROZEN on the brain as soon as we saw the FROZEN-themed Fresh Fit for Kids Meals at Subway. The Walmart locations are offering an exclusive bonus Olaf keychain with a kids meal purchase (along with a collectible movie-themed reusable lunch bag) so we got a couple of veggie sandwiches to fuel us for shopping. A certain little boy was very happy with his lunch…
Here’s where it gets good. Before we got to the toys, we passed the Salvation Army wish tree, and my little guy nearly leapt out of the cart to see it.
This year, we’ve been talking a lot about children who don’t have much for Christmas, and we had already grabbed a wish off the tree in our local mall. It’s for a little girl named Kira who wants dolls for Christmas, and my son didn’t forget that for a minute.
“Mommy! We need to get our present for Kira! Let’s get her FROZEN dolls! Anna and Elsa! Let’s get her Anna and Elsa!” I could have just burst seeing his excitement.
How could I say no to that? Off we headed to the toy department. Wouldn’t you know, it didn’t look anything like it did the day before. There were about half as many toys. Let me tell you, if you’re interested in FROZEN toys this holiday season, make sure to grab them when you see them! Olaf toys are hard to find, a glimpse of Sven is rare, and Elsa seems to be selling out everywhere! We did get a pair of dolls, though. Color Magic dolls, in fact! Their dresses take on a pretty pattern when you touch them with the water wand (included.) How fun is that?
The only problem? My son fell in love with Elsa and didn’t want to give her up.
He wept over her, and we talked a lot about Kira and how she might feel on Christmas morning if we didn’t send her dolls to her. (Hard to blame him, though. Look how pretty they are!)
It took a little convincing and a few tears, but in the end, he did it happily. We took our dolls to the mall and he walked right up to the first mall cop he saw and told them that he had an Anna and an Elsa for a little girl named Kira, so she could have Christmas, too.
Look at my sweet boy. I’m so glad he realized quickly how good it feels to give. (Inspired by Anna and Elsa, maybe?)
Of course, once he decided to give up the Elsa he loved, my heart warmed up a bit and I got inspired to give, too. I stopped and picked up the FROZEN soundtrack on CD and we’ve been jamming and dancing to that for days (HOW on Earth does he remember what was happening on screen during each song of the movie?) And, it took several trips to several Walmart stores, but I did finally get my hands on some great FROZEN merchandise.
The read-along story book with CD keeps him entranced like nothing else we own!
And, for under the tree, a little stuffed Olaf, a plush Anna, and yes…even an Elsa!
He’s going to be so surprised! I can’t wait to see the big smile on that little face.
Isn’t giving fun?