I was just reading the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine and noticed that January is National Puzzle Month.  Who knew?  For the life of me, I can't find any information regarding who actually declared this celebration or started it, but I'll go along with it.  (If you know the background, leave us a comment and please share!)

Personally, I LOVE jigsaw puzzles.  In fact, my husband and I put one together every year as part of our Christmas traditions.  This year was no different.  I set up my Lifetime card table and Lifetime folding chairs in our living room and we started our masterpiece.  This was my first year using our new Lifetime card table for our annual puzzle tradition and it worked great.  The Lifetime card table is extra big (37" compared to most card tables that are 33" or 34") which means there was ample assembly space, even with all of the 1000 pieces scattered around.  I also liked how easily the puzzle pieces slid around on the Lifetime plastic tabletop compared to our old vinyl tabletop where the pieces sometimes seemed to stick a bit. 

Even though I only put a puzzle together once a year, for some reason I still buy a new puzzle every year.  (Not sure why, it's not like I'll remember how all the pieces go together!) Sometimes I pick a puzzle based on its difficulty - I think the hardest one I've ever done was a two-sided puzzle.  Other times, I pick a puzzle based on the picture itself - my favorite puzzle was of a pilot in his flight suit showing his young son his airplane.  Since my husband is an Air Force fighter pilot, we actually framed that puzzle for my son's room. (You can buy puzzle glue at your local craft store.  It's an easy process, just follow the directions on the bottle.) 

The past two years, however, I purchased an "I Spy" puzzle so my son could participate in the fun.  After we assembled the puzzle, the box had clues for hidden pictures to find in the puzzle.  After about three days, we finished our puzzle this year and found all of the hidden pictures after some hard searching.  However, there was one thing we never did find…the missing piece of our puzzle!  It was a brand new puzzle and somehow we were missing an edge piece!  Weird. Good thing we didn't plan on framing this one.

So anyway, if you're looking for something to do these cold winter days, pull out your folding table and chairs and celebrate National Puzzle Month with your family.