For the past several years Kyle has been talking about getting a train to go around the Christmas tree. He's priced different models, shopped on e-bay, and generally looked around for a long time.
Last summer, the topic came up when Kyle was talking with a gentleman from town. He said he had an old train that had been sitting around for twenty some years that we could have. Sure enough, a few weeks before Christmas he brought it over.
At first we talked about putting it up on Christmas Eve - I didn't want to have to play Train Police for too long! But Kyle wanted to get to enjoy it longer. We ended up putting it up a week before Christmas, but only putting the train on the track when Kyle was home in the morning or evening. It worked out perfectly!
The kids were entranced, especially our little cow-on-the-tracks-Stephen. Best of all, being an older model, the train actually played real Christmas songs! Things like "Angels We have Heard on High", "Silent Night" and "The First Noel". Bet you won't find songs like those on modern Christmas, oops, I mean, Holiday trains.
Anyway, it was a fun treat for us all, and the train is definately getting a second life of enjoyment!