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Christmas Storytime {and a Sunday Soup Night recipe link}









See that smiling face right there? That little boy ripped through the entire cache of wrapped Christmas storybooks I wrote about here.  Graciously, my older boys didn't mind and now we are simply enjoying all our Christmas stories in one huge bunch.  

The above scene occurred spontaneously while I was making lentil-mushroom soup for Sunday Soup Night (on Monday!).  It has been so rewarding to hear my older boys reading to their little brother.  I know that these snuggly storytimes will be a big part of their memories of Christmas at home.  I wonder which books will be the ones they must pass on to their own little ones someday saying, Grandma Mimi always read this book to me when I was your age.  

The most requested books right now are the following:
Note: Click on the picture to go to the link for each book.

#1 
 Jan Brett's books:
2008 Free School or Library Visit  gingerbread_baby_jacket_300.jpg (26325 bytes)
*In the Gingerbread Friends book there is a recipe for making gingerbread boys.   We tried it and it was wonderful.

#2
Scratch-n-Sniff books

The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Storybook)  A Scratch & Sniff Night Before Christmas
*I still have my copy of The Sweet Smell of Christmas from my own childhood.  Some of the scents still smell!

#3
These are our all-time favorite books about Santa!
Santa Claus   
*If you are into Santa at your house, these beautifully illustrated and intricately detailed books will captivate young readers for hours.

#4
Keeping Christ in Christmas

Christmas in the Manger - 1998 publication.  The First Christmas One Wintry Night

#5
Advent Books
Countdown To Christmas (My First Read and Learn)The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions
*The Countdown book is a board book for toddlers and young children and the Adventure book is for Mom's to read to children.  Both books focus on religious traditions and serving others rather than waiting for presents.


#6
On my wish list this year
God Gave Us Christmas  -     
        By: Lisa Tawn Bergren
    
  Christmas in the Big Woods,  My First Little House Books  -     
        By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
    
    
        Illustrated By: Renee Graef
    
The Advent Storybook


Any of these books makes a wonderful present for a whole family to enjoy.  
Now go read your kids a story and make some Christmas memories!




Taking part in the Shower of Roses Advent and Christmas books link-up here.




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