Wednesday, December 4, 2013

5 Favorite Christmas Books For Kids


I have fond memories of Christmas books and movies from childhood. The classics that held on year after year, never diminishing in their charm and wonder - the welcoming presence that celebrated Christmas alongside of me. I wanted to share 5 of my favorite holiday children's books. Some are new, some old friends but I believe each has a personality and unique story that can bring delight to any child (or adult!). I have a longer list of family movies - coming soon - so I wanted to make the book list a bit shorter. Each of these give me a wave of happiness every time I read them and really help in making that Christmas spirit sparkle and shine.



How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Dr Seuss

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! 
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. 
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 




The Night Before Christmas
Clement C Moore

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there."




A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree
Colleen Monroe 

"Every year as traditions go,
they get in their cars at the first sign of snow,
and head to the farm at the edge of town,
to cut the family Christmas tree down."




The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg

"ON Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. 
I did not rustle the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. 
I was listening for a sound - a sound a friend had told me I'd never hear-
the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh."




Snowmen at Christmas
 Caralyn Buehner

"One Christmas Eve I made a snowman,
Very fat and jolly.
I dressed him up in red and green.
And trimmed his har with holly."


What are some of your favorite books to read at Christmas-time? Are there any that bring up nostalgia from childhood? Please share them with me! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November Roundup


Well, hello! I have been very bad in updating for the month of November. A total of four posts! Whoohoo! All-time lowest number! I should have an award.

I had a lot of ideas that I had wanted to post but life, as always, seemed to get in the way. I have been away from home for the past 6 days, visiting family for Thanksgiving and before that I....(drumroll)…... GOT A NEW JOB. Wow! Excitement.

Loads of work on that. Going from a small business to a corporate setting... I am slightly in awe at the amount of work there is in being set up as an employee. I have a car sticker. I will wear a name badge. That sounds like silly things to be excited about. I do want to explore this topic further and will write up a post later this week as this post is...

{ NOVEMBER ROUNDUP }

{ Monthly Favorites }

Book: None  (See below)
Event: New job!
Movie: Miss Potter
Pinterest Pin: Harry Potter Monopoly
Product: Sheer Love Eau de Toilette from Victoria's Secret
Purchase: Dirty Dancing from $1 at Black Friday
Site: Cupcakes and Cosmetics
Song: Royals - Lorde
YT Video: Careoke 2013 with Louise and Zoe


{ Goals }

1. Finish October Budget Sheet
2. Plan and Prep for Thanksgiving Holiday
3. Knock of 3-5 Christmas Gifts
4. Write up book review for:   Brain on Fire, Rewind
5. Find dessert for Thanksgiving

(4/5)


{ Events }

2:    Baby Shower
11:    Job Offer #1
15:   Accept new job. (3rd time is a charm.)
28:   Thanksgiving


{ Books Read }

None finished. Three halfway done.


{ Movies Watched } 

1. The Matrix
2. Whisper of the Heart
3. The Heat
4. Star Trek – Into Darkness
5. Miss Potter
6. Looper