What if Christmas Day didn’t go as planned? What if it was captured for all to see? That’s just what Ravensburger has done. I’ve long been a fan of Ravensburger puzzles and I used to sell them to teachers and daycares when I worked at a teaching supply shop while in University. Now my own children are enjoying the Ravensburger tradition with puzzles and games (yes, they also make games, crafts, and science projects). I’m happy to say that you’re never too old for Ravensburger – they also have puzzles for us adults!
When Ravensburger asked us if we’d be interested in putting together their What If? Christmas Day 1000 Piece puzzle, I replied back that indeed we would. Royal Mail has just delivered it (our postal workers sure work hard this time of year delivering surprises to folks of all ages).
The kids helped open the package and wanted to get started right away! Although they have their own puzzles, they always love to help with all puzzles. Puzzles are great for the mind, so I don’t mind them helping….well, except Kallista’s first Christmas when she ate a piece from a puzzle I brought back from Japan…we’ll never let her forget that!
This is our first What If? puzzle. The picture on the front of the box depicts an ideal Christmas scene, lovely, calm, peaceful and full of joy.
However, as most of us know, this isn’t usually the way life goes. The actual puzzle picture is what some of us may experience! Chaos, stress, unhappiness, noise, burning food, spindly trees, is more like reality. Not knowing what the final scene will be adds an additional level of interest and difficulty to the whole experience!
Because we’ve only just received this festive puzzle, I can’t show you the completed project (…yet – keep your eyes on my Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates), but this is what it looks like as the children and I begin to piece it together.
One little extra piece of information I’m happy to tell you about is that there is a linen finish print on the pieces to reduce glare. I know I am starting to feel my age and I don’t like to do puzzles once the sun has gone down as the overhead lights do tend to glare off puzzle pieces, so I’m looking forward to putting this to the test!
When do you like to put together jigsaw puzzles? What are some of your Christmas traditions? Let’s share the joy of the season in the comments below!