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Christmas Book Update: Our 2012 purchases

December 1, 2012

It’s December 1st. The first day of our advent calendar brought my boys the message: “Go and pick out new Christmas books!” And Elliott jumped up and down, saying, “I’ll treasure this note FOREVER!” then carried it around in his pocket throughout of whole book-shopping experience.

The boys each picked their new Christmas book to add to our collection! (And in full-disclosure: Isaac originally picked an Elmo book that sang Christmas songs, but we steered him away — our Elmo Halloween book with its different door-bell chimes is annoying enough. Once he realized he wasn’t coming home with Elmo, he grabbed this next and we ran with it. Quickly.)

Elliott wanted “The Gingerbread Pirates” by Kristin Kladstrup and Isaac got “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus” by Chris Plehal and James Berhardin.

“The Gingerbread Pirates” is fun because it’s operating on the premise that Santa is a cannibal. Although, that severely disturbed Elliott upon reading it fully because he was OVERLY concerned that Santa was going to eat the cookies despite their protests. (Spoiler: Santa exercises self-control.)

And the illustrated version of the famous SUN letter of the 1800’s is really quite beautiful and it includes the original letter and response in the back — which reduces me to tears every time I read it because I am an emotional sap. So, “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus” is a great little pick and I’m glad Isaac discovered it…even though he really wanted Elmo. (I think the illustrations and story are from an animated version of the story that was released a few years ago which I am not entirely familiar with.)

Thanks for letting me update! (I suppose now the suggestions are at 27!)

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