You never considered the straw a candidate for a redesign.
But since your little sipper started slurping (and slopping) you realize the old-fashioned straw, in a word, sucks.
Keep spills and splatters to a minimum with Straw-lution, the mom-invented straw that goes in and doesn’t come out (really, we tried). Simply push it through the top of any cup and little hooks grab the underside, making it impossible to remove.
It also works with yogurt and applesauce (anything with a foil top), turning them into sippable, mess-free, portable snacks.
Best part: They’re reusable and dishwasher safe — so your money doesn’t go down the tubes.
Available online at strawlution.com, $5 per dozen.
HO HO HO
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
What: Familiar characters from the classic TV special take the stage.
Why: From the Abominable Snow Monster to Hermey the Elf, the whole gang’s on.
When: Fri.-Dec. 3.
Where: Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth (817-332-2272). Tickets online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $20-$22.
Kaleidoscope of Dreams
What: Oodles of blinking, colorful lights adorn the exterior of the shopping plaza for what the center claims is the biggest light show in North Texas.
Why: Holiday music makes it extra festive.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Daily, 5-9:15 p.m.
Where: The Village at Fairview, Macy’s courtyard, 329 Town Pl., Fairview (972-549-4010). Admission is free.
Borders and Build-a-Bear Workshop Charity Drive
What: Buy books and toys from the store to be donated to local children in need.
Why: Pick up the cuddly Hal Moose for your own munchkin, too.
When: Thru Dec. 24.
Where: Locations online at borders.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Straw-lution