Like you, I'm finding myself in the flustering, blustering panic that is the few weeks leading up to Christmas. Amidst this season of shopping, baking, and Christmas card making, I've been reminded of a nice way to slow down and really appreciate the wonder of this time of year—by reading! My first glimpse of inspiration came from a widely circulated photo on pinterest of a lit holiday tree completely made of books. If that doesn't spark a bit of literary fancy in you, then I don't know what will. However, with a young child at home, I know that type of structure wouldn't last two minutes in my house. Upon that
realization I was struck by something my cousin posted on facebook. Her husband's stepmother wrapped 31 individual books for my cousin's three children. Every night during the month of December, the wee ones rip off the wrappings to find a new holiday-themed book that they are read that night. What a simple, rich, simply rich idea! I may be a little late to try that idea with my daughter, but I'm thinking I'll do it for the 12 days of Christmas. And what type of holiday reading list for kids would be complete without the Pfeffernut County perrenial hit No Snow For Christmas, written by Capstone's very own Jill Kalz? Jill was on hand at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul this past month, reading her sweet tale to an audience of rapt children (and children at heart.) So much of the magic of this time of year is due to classic stories featuring our favorite holiday characters. Why not share the magic by creating some of your own traditions to pass those stories on.
-Mandy Robbins, Senior Editor