13 December, 2012

Holiday Reading

With all the chaos I've also been feeling very Grinchy. Bah Humbug to Christmas and all that! I would love nothing more than to crawl under a heavy load of quilts until January. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the kids don't let you get away with that.

I'm not sure where I'll land on the effort for Christmas this year, we're only just starting to think about the holiday in this house. The Evil Genius is off school as of tomorrow so I anticipate some baking and crafting. Shopping hasn't even started, although Hubby and I agree we're going small this year. A tree chopping adventure awaits. For now, something easy and simple. 

All the winter/Christmas books were pulled from the shelf and gathered in the living room. We've removed the TV from this space. Woohoo! I am definitely cheering about that. It has become a cozier, quiet space filled with colouring, handsewing, and lots of reading. So bring on the books about hockey (where else are we going to get it?), snow, bears, and the upcoming holiday. 

Perhaps my nights spent reading will change my spirits?

Any favourite winter/holiday reading recommendations?


Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

There is always the Christmas Carrol, and we are reading the Advent book, it has a page a night story that continues until the 25th. Very fun and easy on my 4 and 2 year old.


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the ark said...

Every year we read alout "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson. My kids are in college now and we still get together to laugh and cry over this hysterical and heartwarming tale.
P.S. I just today started my Christmas shopping....you are not alone!

Esch House Quilts said...

I'm just starting to focus on Christmas too. Need to schedule a major shopping trip to get it all done :)

Anonymous said...

Do you have the book The Hockey Sweater?:

It also comes in a dvd with some other cool animation. It was a favorite winter book for a long time. The dvd is excellently narrated. So much for no tv.

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Suzanne said...

The answer to all of the questions in this post is written on the pillow on the couch. I love that pillow.

Andrea said...

Dave cooks the turkey by Stuart McLean...any Stuart McLean for that matter! I love your new living room!

Nicole said...

I love busting out the kids christmas books and reading with them, it never gets old. The youngest is requesting the night before christmas, we had an extremely old copy we haven't yet found since our move....but I did recite it for her! I will find oyu some of our favourite names (the books are in their rooms and they are asleep...), we also got a very very nice ones from costco.....actually the 5 year old found "who will guide my sleigh tonight" to be hilarious, it was a scholastic...I now have a room with no tv and love it also...though it does have the keyboard so I avoid piano practice time.

Tabatha said...

If ou're looking for a challenge, I'd recommend the Quilter's Academy series! I recently purchased volume 4 and have since ordered volumes 2 and 3.

Sowing Stitches said...

Christmas Books:
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
Silver Packages
Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree
Santa Mouse
The Christmas Star
Twas the Night Before Christmas
A Pussy Cat's Christmas
Aaron's Secret Message
The Bear's Christmas
If You take a Mouse to the Movies

Just a few to get you started.....

annie patch said...

I have several that I had as a child and I re-read every year, to get me feeling Christmassy! The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis; The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston; The Dark is Rising (scary title, but SOOO good!) by Susan Cooper; and A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. Depends on the age of your kids, whether you read them for them, or just for you!

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jfor said...

Late on suggestions, but maybe for next year :)!
My #1 fav - Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Berry
Christmas Tree Farm by Ann Purmell
A Christmas Like Helen's by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Reading Christmas books with my sweet son always helps with the holiday grumpies!