Disclaimer: I am not trying to force my religion on anyone; if you do not celebrate Christmas, please exit this post.
I love Christmas, because… Magic is alive around this time of the year, and the aura around the holidays is one of the most beautiful, wonderful things for me. Sure, everyone complains about how commercialized Christmas is, but I think that’s because of the season it’s placed in: smack dab in the middle of winter, the most prominent of the seasons in my opinion. With winter is snow, cold, and Christmas. After the big holiday everyone’s waiting for, they want winter to end. So why not go all out with Elf on the Shelf and huge trees in big cities and decorating the outside of your house and wearing ugly Christmas sweaters? It’s all in the spirit of Christmas: the joy! The people I tend to spend time with are the positive people in my life, and they are jolly. We have Secret Santa parties and get-togethers and we bake cookies together. It’s just really something special for me. Don’t spend Christmas with people who have a negative impact on your life. In fact, don’t spend any time of the year with them; they’re toxic for you. But especially do not let them eat your reindeer cookies! Please do not be a Scrooge, just have a little fun! That’s the point.
Books To Read At Christmastime (just to name a few):
–Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
–Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer- any version, mine is by Eileen Daly
–The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
–How The Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss
– The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
–A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Family Book Gift Ideas
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Find out what sports he likes! There are many sports-related books he would enjoy. Men also like thriller novels and mysteries! Check out some Stephen King books.
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
(oops, you know i had to. this could be a good gift for anyone, including your sister.)
Paper Towns by John Green
It really depends on her age. If she’s pretty little, try the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park. If she’s a bit older, the Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick is fantastic. I think I read it around third grade.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Same as Dad. 🙂
Where to find cheap books:
Half Price Books
Santa Clause- The different ways he is portrayed throughout literature/ the world:
Okay, this is a fascinating subject for me. I grew up with Santa Clause, dressed in red, coming down your chimney yelling HO HO HO with the help of some reindeer and elves. When I discovered that’s not how it goes everywhere else in the world, I was surprised. Customs in other countries can teach you a lot about them. Are any of you guys living somewhere other than America? If so, please comment! I’d love to have a discussion. I picked a few of my favorites to share with you guys today.
France: He’s called Saint Nicolas, and he comes on December sixth, with the aid of a donkey. The night before Saint’s Day, the children sing a song and place their shoes by the fireplace. In the morning, the shoes are filled with goodies! Bad children receive a bundle of twigs tied in ribbon.
Germany: Here, they call Santa Sankt Nikolaus, and he comes door to door (with a donkey too!) on the evening before Saint Nicholas Day. The children line up and tell him whether they have been good or bad. If they have been good, Nikolaus reaches in his sack to give them a gift. If they have been bad, Krampus punishes them (yikes! Wouldn’t want to live there).
Mexico: The jolly man is known as San Nicolás de Bari in most areas. In Mexico, there is a strong tradition called ex-voto where they paint pictures on small tins or plates and place them near a statue of a saint. The statue of San Nicolas is carried throughout town every night from November 28th to December 6th.
Italy: In Italy, the big guy is commonly referred to as San Nicola. There are different traditions in different areas of Italy. For example, in Molfetta, children put a plate on the table asking San Nicola for gifts. During the night, he piles the plate with small gifts like cookies and candies. In Trieste, grandfathers dress up like San Nicola and bring their grandchildren gifts.
Christmassy Snacks (to munch on while you read all the classic Christmas books):
Almond Kiss Cookies
Candy Cane Cookies
Let me know if you want a recipe!
Okay everyone, a few announcements. First off, I am getting married!!!!!
… to a book.
That’s right, I’m currently engaged to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Don’t worry, I’ll have the review up real soon. Promise: THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS!!!!!!!! It’s amazing, ’nuff said.
After that’s up, I’m probably going to get started reading the books received for Christmas, as well as some ARCs I have been procrastinating on..
I’m also planning to start posting more things like this, not only reviews. After all, I don’t want my blog to be all boring. So that’s something you can expect soon!
Most of all….