Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Tradition -- Books

Because we are book lovers, we give Santa gives Lulu a new Christmas book every year. We really enjoy getting them out every winter and reading them throughout the holiday season. To make it a little more fun this year, we have decided to wrap each book. Every few days we are going to unwrap one of the books and read it aloud as we countdown to Christmas. Some of Lulu’s baby books no longer need a nightly reading, however, here are some of the books that she has in her current collection. A few of these were gifts from family members and some are not quite Christmas related, but all are very wonderful reads for the holiday season.

If you have not met Punchinello and his Wemmick friends then you are truly missing out on a great series. You are Special is our favorite Punchinello story and always makes Lulu feel very special indeed.

Every Christmas needs a reading of the Night Before Christmas. Mary Engelbreit's pictures are very fun and vibrant and we find something new in her pictures every year!

Needs no explanation...

I think that The Christmas Story was one of Lulu's first Christmas books. It is also the template for the family Nativity play each winter.

Beatrice's Goat is an account of a young girl's dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village which is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Project Heifer. This book was given to Lulu along with a note saying that the giver had made a donation of a goat to the Heifer Project in Lulu's name. It was a precious gift that Lulu has not forgotten.

Thomas Kincade's Away in a Manger is sweet and solemn and a great bedtime read.

I think that Lulu and I would both agree that Mortimer's Christmas Manger might be our favorite Christmas book. Mortimer is adorable and his hunt for a place to rest his head is endearing. You will definitely fall in love with Mortimer after you read this book.

This post was greatly inspired by crafts with S and E who got her idea from savoring the details.


Mim said...

I'm planning to read A Christmas Carol to my kids this year, a few weeks ago I found a gorgeous edition illustrated by Quentin Blake (this one) and had to get it despite owning 2 other editions already.

We'll also be reading Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas, The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Bruce Whatley, and Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers among others.

Jennette said...

Another lovely holiday book is A Wish to be A Christmas Tree. My Uncle used to work for the publishing company and sent me a copy one you year. You might like to check it out!

Kiki said...

Those are some of my favorites! I also love the Eloise Christmas book, mostly because I was totally Eloise growing up, which is not always a good thing... :)