Christmas Postathon Day 4

A Christmas Book or Story

When my kids were little one of the things we did to get ready for Christmas was to bring out all the Christmas story books that were packed away the rest of the year.  Each night, from mid December on, we read a different book (no shortage of reading material in this house!).

There were classic tales like The Nutcracker and The Christmas Story, as well as more modern books featuring the Muppets or Barbie. I remember one they especially love was a book called The Cat Who Climbed The Christmas Tree about a curious kitten and the ornaments that come to life as he climbs up the tree in order to meet the Angel at the top. When they were a bit older, we added A Christmas Carol as well because, hey, Charles Dickens rocks! Who doesn’t love the Ghost of Christmas Past?

Traditionally, we put the same two books aside to read on the 23rd and the 24th. Christmas Eve, of course, was reserved for The Night Before Christmas. Hubby always did the honors. The version we have is a beautiful pop up book that his brother gave to Mr D on his first Christmas. We still take it out each year and someday when he gets married, we will pass it on to his child.

The book we saved for the 23rd was our favorite, Dr Seuss, himself; How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the early years, it was my job to read it then as the kids got older we all took turns. Miss D does a mean Cindy Lou Who!  I know that Dr Seuss’ style drives some people crazy but I think it’s a really fun book to read and the sentiment is wonderful. By the time that grumpily old fellow starts to “carve the roast beast” I’m all warmed up with a Christmas glow! 🎄

 

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11 responses to “Christmas Postathon Day 4

  1. It is not Christmas without the Grinch, Rudolph, or Charlie brown Christmas. Mostly TV shows now, but love them for the nostalgia.

  2. When my cat lies under the tree, it is with mischief in his eyes! Lol! Enjoyed reading your post today, Nancy. Such precious memories for you and your family. Thank you for sharing! ❤️😇

  3. We just asked the girls to read The Gift of the Magi last week, as they’d neither one been assigned it yet. Other than that, I cannot think of a single Christmas book or story that goes along with our holidays. The Grinch is not a book we own, although we have tons of Dr Seuss.
    I almost feel odd about it!

  4. I just love this post, what a lovely tradition! And the photo of your kitty under the tree, priceless!

  5. When my kids were little, every Christmas meant a new Christmas book, a new CD of Christmas music and Christmas pyjamas made by me (admittedly sometimes these were finished at 3am on Christmas morning….).

    I love Dr Seuss (what a wise man he was) but my favourite Christmas book is “Father Christmas” by Raymond Briggs.

    • I’ve never heard of that book but I love the idea of making Christmas PJs. My sister does that for her grandchildren every year. We usually ended up getting a new book most years too.

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