I've talked about loving a simple Christmas, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a bit of shopping when it's mixed with tradition. A trip to our favorite local toy store on a snowy December afternoon is a holiday occasion in itself. Toad Hall Toys is a Winnipeg retail institution in my opinion, and has the best selection of classic and new toys and books. It might be one of my favorite stores in the whole city. As a child, I was completely spellbound by it. When I didn't have kids, I still found excuses to stop in once a year. That's why bringing my own kids to wander through the rows of toy shelves is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Today we spend an afternoon up and down the isles picking out a couple special things for the little ones in our lives. Here's a few photos of our trip to Toad Hall Toys.