Well, so I made it through November again, which is always nice. As some of you know, I find November to be a sketchy month, mood-wise. I'm glad it's behind me, and I can begin to start thinking about preparing for the idea of getting ready to commence the planning for Christmas. You know me -- don't want to jump the gun.
When the urchins were little, December 1st was the day that we brought out our basket of Christmasy, wintry, holiday storybooks. In those days, if I really had my act together (a 50/50 proposition) I would also hang our family Advent calendar, and put out the merry old basket of festive Hershey's kisses. But however disorganized I was about decorating our tree, or getting twinkle lights hung, or baking the delicious holiday treats, the Advent book basket was always ready to go.
Well, the urchins are all grown up now; each attends a college somewhere on the east coast, and I won't have a full house again until later in the month. But I do have a virtual basket of Advent-y, snow-filled, Santa-loving, Bethlehem-seeking books for you, as we prepare for the Christmas season. So go make yourself a mug of hot chocolate, and then come snuggle up and read some stories with me!
Here's a sweet little book to get us started. Some of us have put our trees up already, and some of us would like to get the tree up soon but cannot seem to get our act together (Yes. It's me.) and some of us choose to put our trees up on Christmas Eve in an alarming and radical counter-cultural fashion. But no matter when your family puts up your tree, this is a story that will make you love the idea of decorating a second tree for the creatures outside your own home. Night Tree, by Eve Bunting, tells a story of a family that takes popcorn, fruit, nuts and seeds to decorate a Christmas tree in the woods for the animals to enjoy. This is a great find -- such a cozy story!