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.