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Entries in christmas (25)


a merry christmas and other christmas stories

A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories | Avery and Augustine

Sharing Louisa May Alcott’s A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories in honor of her birthday this week.  Does anyone else like to watch Little Women around this time of the year?  I try to watch it at least once during the month of December.

“A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her 'little women' to the timeless 'What Love Can Do,' wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.”

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i'll be home for christmas

Warming up this weekend with this collection of short stories and poems by YA authors from the UK.  They all share a common theme: home.  I'll Be Home for Christmas is from Stripes Publishing.


the twelve days of christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is yet another delight from artist Britta Teckentrup.  In her latest peek-through picture book, each of the gifts from the well-loved Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” wondrously appears as the page is turned.  This is the magic of her work.  This book is for those of us who have sung the lyrics of this song since our childhood (and recall the endless practice it took to learn all the gifts, in order, and sing them in time with the music), and now for our children who are just learning the words to this nostalgic classic.  Looking forward to sharing this one with Avery and Nate.

From Doubleday Books for Young Readers.


the day santa stopped believing in harold

The tables have turned in this unconventionally funny holiday tale.  Santa has a sneaking suspicion that Harold the kid isn’t real.  He doesn’t believe that Harold is the one who writes him a letter every year, or that he puts out a plate of milk and cookies for him on Christmas Eve.  Meanwhile, down south, Harold is grappling with a similar quandary.  Anxious to put their uncertainties to rest, both Santa and Harold devise plans to discover if the other does indeed exist…and the results are a riot.  Don’t miss this one!

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold was written by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Cale Atkinson and published by Tundra Books.


winter break activities

What to do with winter break underway--read my post on Honest To Nod today.  Hooray for vacation and flapjacks!