Samurai Santa Brings Snowballs!


Dear Yukio,
I hope you enjoyed the EPIC snowball fight. I made it just for you.
Samurai Santa

Samurai Santa, A Very Ninja Christmas, by Rubin Pingk


Wishes and Childhood


Children want and need to believe that wishes can come true; that’s part of the joy of childhood.

Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas by Sal Lizard, Jonathan P. Lane


Adults Love Santa Too


I’ve never been able to explain the phenomenon of adults loving Santa, but I have a theory that seeing me jogs happy memories. I think a lot of us wish we could be children again, becoming breathless with Christmas excitement and believing with all our hearts that wishes can come true. I know I do! I think every grown-up wants to recapture that sense of wonder, even for a moment. And that’s exactly what Santa Claus allows them to do.

Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas by Sal Lizard, Jonathan P. Lane


Invisible Threads


What I loved most was my new friends sitting around the big dining room table, laughing and joking and having fun just being together. I thought about how, when I got older, I wanted to have a family too, and sit around the big dinner table with all my kids and laugh and talk and have a lot of special Christmases together.

An Invisible Thread Christmas Story, written by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski and illustrated by Barry Root. Based on the true story An Invisible Thread.

Thanksgiving In The Wild West


Clara watched to see who Bob – Butch – would choose for a partner. He came straight for her! He bowed. “May I have this dance?” He asked.
Clara stared at him. His blue eyes twinkled. She had to be brave for mama’s sake. “Mr. Cassidy…are you going to rob our train?” she blurted.
Butch roared with laughter. “I saw right away you were sharp,” he said. “How did you know who I was?”
“I saw your picture on a poster,” Clara said.
“Well, a poster don’t tell the whole story of a man,” Butch said. “We’ve all worked as cowhands here. These people have been good to us. And we’re just saying thanks today.” He winked. “We won’t rob your train. I wouldn’t want to scare your mama after she’s had such a nice time.”

An Outlaw Thanksgiving by Emily Arnold McCully
Winner of the Caldecott Medal

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Giggle Book Award: Adventure On The Way to Grandma’s House

The text for this book consists entirely of the lyrics from the classic Thanksgiving song Over The River and Through The Woods.

The illustrations provide a fun adventure story about a family of turnkeys who manage to get to Grandma’s house in time for Thanksgiving dinner, after evading a dog and a donkey on an out-of-control sled.

It’s a lot of fun to sing the song while pointing out all of the crazy things happening in the picture-story. The giggles tend to ensue when the donkey inadvertently saves the turkey family by crashing into the dog – and when the dog get’s a verbal beat-down from grandma turkey. In the end the dog is remorseful and, therefore, invited to the turkey family dinner.

I can honestly say this is one of the best Thanksgiving-themed children’s books I’ve seen.

Over the River A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson. Based on the song by Lydia Maria Child.

Scary Dinosaur Smiles


Diplodocus and Stegosaurus and Iguanodon stared at their friend.

“Maybe next Halloween…” said Diplodocus.

“Instead of wearing a VERY BIG FROWN…” said Stegosaurus.

“You should wear that VERY BIG SMILE!” said Iguanodon.

“Now that would be scary!” The three friends said.

T. Rex said he would think about it.

T. Rex Trick-or-Treats, written by Lois G. Grambling and illustrated by Jack E. Davis

Some things you wanted


And one final word from Santa on this lovely Christmas day:

“My dear people: there seem to get more and more of you every year. I get poorer and poorer: still I hope that I have managed to bring you all something you wanted, though not everything you asked for…”

Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Miles to Go


During the final12 days before Christmas, I am posting quotes from Santa’s letters – courtesy of JRR Tolkien. It’s a wonderful book and a grand idea. I wish I’d thought of it. 🙂

“Now I must go; it is a lovely fine night and I have got hundreds of miles to go before morning—there is such a lot to do.

A cold kiss from Father Nicholas Christmas.”

Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien