Eleven Days 'Til Christmas!

A few sights around our house and out and about:  gingerbread houses, a monster cookie craft at Daisy Scouts, salt dough ornaments, my Cindy Lou Who mug, our greeting cards on twine, magazine and book trees, Advent calendar ornaments, Instax shots taken during a viewing of Home Alone, tinsel, and a Lindsborg souvenir.

Really?  Eleven more days?  Sigh.  I love Advent.  I love soaking up the holiday spirit.  There's never enough time for me to fully enjoy it.  Not because I'm in a rush to get so much done, but because I truly love the anticipation.  We still have a few gifts to buy, and the girls are making crafty stuff for relatives.  I'm also making book page paper flowers (from a stripped mass market paperback - not destroying anything!) for my sister's wedding next Saturday!

Reading-wise, here are a few things worth sharing.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire! by Mrs. Bunny, translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath, illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  Schwartz & Wade, 2012.

I'd seen this book pinned on Pinterest multiple times, then I read Amy's review of the audiobook on Sunlit Pages and decided I needed to read this one for myself.  (Yeah, I know I said I'd read a grown-up book next.  And now I am.)  This book had me laughing out loud.  I need to read it to the girls after we cut down on our nightstand pile a bit.  Childish hippie parents, rabbit detectives in fedoras, foxes who learn English, garlic breadstick-chomping marmots...  Read this.  It's just too funny.

Terry Gross did a wonderful interview with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snickett, on NPR's Fresh Air this week.  My husband listened to it driving home the other day, and even he rushed in to tell me about it.  Very entertaining.

I really, really wish I had this book.

This is on TV tonight.  Little Sis loves this movie.  (It's also on Netflix.)  We checked out the book, too.  We love it.

While we love our Christmas characters, we also love when our favorite non-Christmas children's book characters get into the holiday spirit, too!  Here are some of our favorites:

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney.  Viking, 2010.
Dinosaur Vs. Santa by Bob Shea.  Hyperion, 2012.
Fancy Nancy, Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.  HarperCollins, 2009.
Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer.   Atheneum, 2007.
It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon.  Blue Sky Press, 2010.
Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans.  Viking, 1985.
Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight.  Simon and Schuster, 1999.  Originally published by Random House,  1958.
Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton.  HarperCollins, 2009.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague.  Blue Sky Press, 2012.

Merry Weekend and Merry Reading!  And don't forget the hot chocolate!

"Are there country dances every night and a pot of cocoa on every table?"  - The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente



    Ok that bunny book, I've been meaning on that one. When I see you suggesting things, I know that is like the UNIVERSE SPEAKING RIGHT TO ME -- if Danzel says it, it's gotta be something I need to do!!

    Same with the Circumnavigating Fairyland book, must must get on that!

    Also, do you have SUSIE LOU WHO and GRINCH cups???? I really want to come play at your house!

    1. Tee hee! I think you're the one who pinned the Bunny book! It's a hoot! Do read it!

      The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who mugs came from my old work a couple years ago. (And they may be selling them again, who knows? We didn't get any last year, since they were closing us down. It's the place with the big ampersand in the name...) I missed getting a Max the Dog mug, sadly. There were also Rudolph mugs. I have one, but the hubby has managed to lose it... They are huge and microwaveable. The handles never get hot!

    2. I hope your sister has a splendiferous Christmas-y wedding!

  2. oh, the bunny book book looks fantastic!


Comments are welcome! I'm a shy blog commenter, too, but I do love to read what people have to say. All I ask is, please be kind, to me and to each other.

Popular Posts