My top 5 favorite Christmas book list- Ways to savor the season 3/16

JMJ  *If you don’t have a stockpile of Christmas books (as a former classroom teacher, I have an obsession with collecting books) go to the library and bring a pile home for the season.  My kids are quite a bit older than yours, I bet, and they still love to sit down and read the books and reminisce about the old days when we would cuddle up on the couch, in front of the fireplace, and read book after book together.

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Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together.  Although a few ideas might be added to your Christmas bucket list, these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.

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Day 3/16- Ways to savor the season

In recent years, I have waited too long to unpack those beloved Christmas picture books.  This year I am challenging myself as well as others, to get out those books and start reading them to your kids.  If you don’t have a stockpile of Christmas books (as a former classroom teacher, I have an obsession with collecting books) go to the library and bring some home for the season.  My kids are quite a bit older than yours, I bet, and they still love to sit down and read the books and reminisce about the old days when we would cuddle up on the couch and read book after book together.

Here are some books I love to read aloud to the kids, that you may also enjoy:

  1. Tommy dePaola Christmas books- He has several, including The Night of Las Posadas, Country Angel Christmas, and The Friendly Beasts. (there is a tune of the same name)
This one you can sing to the tune

2. The First Christmas with illustrated paintings from the National Gallery in London

3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (in my opinion, a better version than the movie)
I used to read this book to my classroom of kids, a couple of decades ago

4. Jan Brett’s The Mitten and also The Hat (beautiful illustrations and sweet stories)

5. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Hilary Knight

 

On the homefront…Ring the School Bell 64/180 Days

It was 52 degrees outdoors today and we were loving it!  It was invigorating and we spent time outdoors working in our yard.  Melissa and Sarah worked on digging up a faux dry creek bed for our new native garden look in the backyard, a fun way to earn physical education hours, and also great exercise, involving both aerobic and strength building.  Don’t tell anyone.  Not too sure if the establishment would frown on this one, earning p.e. credits for yard work!

I spent some time at the Santa Clarita library today while Sabrina was at her community college class.  I brought along my slow, frustrating, but trusty laptop (this one) and did a little writing.

John and I decided to finally buy some earthquake insurance since our home is building equity over time, and we would be devastated to lose our home, as it is our only physical asset of any value!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

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Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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