Happy Advent!


It's the first Sunday of Advent, and it just so happens to be December 1st!  As you can see in the photo above, our Advent calendar garland is hung.  Today's gift was a new ornament for the tree.

We decided to splurge on a new artificial tree this year.  I love real trees, but Mr. B is working very long hours, and I am as bad a plant-waterer as I am a housekeeper.  I admit it.  We decided that if we went fake, though, we didn't want realistic.  We went white!  Last year, there were so many beautiful retro white trees that caught my eye on the interwebs.  Our house tends to be so dark anyway.  The white really shines!




I know it's unusual for me to post on a Sunday, but this was a special Sunday!  I am so excited to share Christmasy things again!  Remember how obnoxious I was about Halloween this year?  Well, anyone who knows me will tell you I'm even more obnoxious about the Christmas season.

How about a book?  This one is incredibly fitting for today.  Last year, I posted about Madeleine L'Engle's The Twenty-Four Days of Christmas.  The copy I showed you was what I thought was the first version of the book, illustrated by Joe De Valasco and published in 1984, as opposed to the newest version of the book, illustrated by Jill Weber.  Anyway, go click on my post from last year and refresh your memory.  Or look at it for the first time.  Whichever.

Remember, I'm a huge Madeleine L'Engle fan, too.

Now, imagine my surprise when I see this post over at My Vintage Book Collection (in Blog Form).

I had read that the 1984 version was the original, but actually, The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas was first published in 1964 by Ariel Books.  The illustrator is listed as INGA, one name, all capital letters.


The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L'Engle, illustrated by INGA.  Ariel Books, 1964.

No dust jacket, but I'll live.












I know you'll be shocked - shocked!, I say - to learn that I prefer the '60s illustrations over the ones from the '80s.  No offense to Mr. De Valasco, I just don't think the '80s were very pretty.  

Now I think I'll have to get a copy of the 2010 edition after all.   Two out of three just doesn't cut it now.

I have lots of book and author-related boards over at Pinterest!  (Lots of Christmas stuff, too.)  If you're on Instagram, be sure and follow over there, as I participate in Pen Pals & Picture Books' "Do You Read What I Read" challenge.  And of course, you can find Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes on Facebook and Bloglovin, too.

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  1. I love your advent. I'm SO gonna try one like that when my girl is old enough. I also LOVE white trees! So fun and retro. Well done sugar. Everything is so pretty and cozy.

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    1. Thank you!!! I put together the Advent calendar a couple of years ago. One bag was missing this year, but I had a little Chloe + Isobel jewelry bag that matched well enough. It's become Day 9. ;) I'm very excited about the white tree. The living room looks brighter.

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  2. lovely white tree! And beautiful book, I looked at the last post you did with the 1980's illustrations and they are nice, but there just seems to be so much more in the 60's pictures. Cannot believe it is finally December!

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    1. Thanks about the tree! As for the book, I'm not too fond of the '80s illustrations. They look very true to the time period, which wasn't the most attractive time period. I was so excited to see Mallory's scans on her blog. When I realized the book was in her shop, I knew I had to grab it. Yay for December! My favorite month!!!

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  3. yes yes yes!!!! to all of it!!! I recall you turning me onto this book last year, and I rushed right out and got it from the library -- now I wish that I owned it!!! LOVE your tree and all advent things hanging! Oh wow, Christmas right????? More of a thing than Halloween! Are we ready?? WE ARE, the Christmas warriors!! Wait.....that sounded maybe not correctly phrased :) Today I got the notification that my 19 Christmas books from the library arrived! We'll be reading Christmas books through January!!! XOXOXOXO

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    1. Christmas is the best! So excited. I have so many Christmas books checked out right now. Two bags bursting at the seams. So happy to finally delve into them! And hey, Christmas lasts through January 5. In some places, the trees stay up until after Hilarymas on January 13. Christmas can last FOREVER if you want it to!!!!!! ;) Heeheehee!

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  4. Everything is wonderful- the tree, the dolls, the advent calendar and the book! Love the white tree, and the Olivia doll is adorable.
    I've got to get this book sometime. The problem is, I think I've used up all my Christmas money that was destined for books- I sound like a ten-year-old but that's the way it is.. It's probably gotta wait...
    Don't we just LOVE Christmas? Happy December!! xoxoxo

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    1. I have scored a couple of used books this year, and I bought 2 new ones at a book fair, which the girls will get as part of their Advent calendar. The rest of our Christmas haul is from the library. I still have to get presents and stuff...

      December is my favorite month! Christmas is the best!!!!! I am just a big kid, you know... xoxo

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  5. Oh your garland is beautiful! Different and fantastic advent calendar! Your story about the 3 editions is so cute! Yes I agree you need to get the last version! :)

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    1. I do! I really do! It's been out a couple of years now, so I could probably find a used copy somewhere. And thanks! The little muslin bags came from Etsy. I had these little cardboard tags and some baker's twine, so it just took a little stitching and writing. Well, a little glitter helped, too... :o)

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