One of my favorite thing to do at Christmas time, is simply to read Christmas stories to my children.
Sometimes I gain the fortitude to remember to reserve my favorite books from the library, always at the end of November, so that we have favorites to enjoy all month. Other years, I just use what we have in books and Christmas treasuries, which by the way is always plenty!
This is for me and for the children. I always get in the Christmas spirit when I read these books. I just love to read this old version of “Twas the Night before Christmas’ …I almost have it memorized but not quite. I will pick it up and read it with breakfast.
This year I am really thankful that Riley decided he wanted to read a novel to the children so I suggested Dicken’s good old, “Christmas story”. So nestled by the fire here and there of nights, we listen:
And I found a great website for the bedtime regime when lets put it truthfully, I”ve given the gift of time as I can through out the day and now I am ready to finish up chores so I might squeeze out some Christmas crafting time! This sort of website is a heaven sent! (Liberovox). Let me give you a specific Children Christmas Story link!
Speaking of, I just love reading the old fashioned Christmas stories when you hear about what the mothers and fathers did for their children in the month of December. And because it was “Santa” they did these deeds after spending T*I*M*E (see quote below) with the children all day, then sacrificed into the night in labors of love. Read “Little Britches” to get some of this action (and their little warm tradition was fudge once a year and bowls of fresh popped popcorn to munch together at night.) We’ve also been reading a treasury of “Farmhouse Christmases” and reading about the treasured sock or sweater knitted freshly from mother, not a hand me down, or the home made clever wooden gifts from Dad, that got worn to the ground in love and returned to mother earth, rather than relished as heirlooms.