“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Nothing quite compares to the magic of curling up beneath a cozy blanket, tree lights a-twinkle in your midst, a cup of cocoa to warm your insides and a delightful read to tingle your heart. There is something about children’s books of Christmas, that ignite a memory of days passed and offer hope for the future like no other.
We pack ours away throughout the year so that at holiday time there is a building anticipation of opening the treasure box of books, a special shelf created for their arrival and a daily ritual of rediscovering old friends. And then there are those we add each year to the party! 🙂
Last season, for a present to our precious boys Liam and Nathaniel, we added The Snowman and the Christmas Fairies. The other day Nathaniel and I snuggled up and turn the page. Oh what a story of a little snowman saddened as Christmas nears, as he has gladly shared all of himself to feed his forest friends (nose to the rabbit, acorn buttons with the squirrels). But now he feels quite bare and less than festive. Well, the Christmas Fairies get wind of this and work with all the creatures of the forest to dress and delight him in ways that have his smile broadening with each and every page. And the Gem at the End…well, you’ll just have to read it to discover for yourself. 😉
Nathaniel’s eyes sparkled and danced with each moment as the Snowman’s face sweetly showed his surprise, his awe, his joy, the spirit of Christmas as it came to life before him. We took our time sharing words and pictures, mostly because of all the magic happening before us, but none was so great as that which was happening within the heart of my child, shining out through his expression. I didn’t want to miss a second.
What reads do you love? What stories speak of tradition with you and what new gems have you added to your collection? I’d love to hear so I can add to our LifeSchool Resources page.
Wishing you many moments discovering, delving and delighting in the reads that encourage your heart and spirit to rest and rejuvenate.
A few of our faves …
~ The Snowman and the Christmas Fairies, Pippbrook Books
~ The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore
~ My Treasury of Christmas Carols & Stories, Hinkler Books
~ Baby Christmas, Michael Lawrence & Arthur Robins
~ The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Susan Wojciechowski, P.J. Lynch