1. Happy anniversary!

    I’m glad you got The Jesse Tree. We’re enjoying the stories, though the old man’s crankiness is bugging me.

    I’ll have to check out those coloring pages. Back in a minute with my link.

  2. Okay, back again with my link to a post on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Fir Tree:

    http://www.acrossthepage.net/2009/12/10/read-aloud-thursday-down-the-stairs/

    The McLinky won’t let me enter it up there…

    Count me in for the giveaway!

    I do hope you feel a resurgence of energy soon. Christmas is such a meaningful time to be expecting (or have a newborn — my youngest was born in early December). I’m glad you’re taking opportunities to just *be* these days.

  3. Every year I think of wrapping my books up for the girls and always remember a few days after the start of December. Maybe next year. 🙂 I’m not sure I’ll get time to do a read-aloud post today … or pick a favorite Christmas book! 🙂 I’m going to go with The Night Before Christmas because it’s a childhood favorite. 🙂 If you asked my N2, she would pick The Grinch and if you asked N1, she “might” pick The Nutcracker because we are reading through it right now, but who knows? 🙂

  4. Oops, I forgot our favorite Christmas book!

    It sounds cheesy, but: Luke 2. I just asked the girls, “What’s our favorite Christmas story?” and my youngest answered, “Baby Jesus.” So there you have it.

  5. No, Amy. It is NOT Thursday. I know this because yesterday I was thinking, “I know JUST what I’m going to do for Read Aloud Thursday and I’ll do it tomorrow.” Meaning that today is Wednesday and I have all day to get my post up. HORRORS when I opened up Google Reader and here you are! So…I will write my post up quickly! =D Because NO I’m not giving up on you. And NO I can’t believe it’s been a year!!!

    Happy Anniversary and my post is being written…..now….

    • Hi Carrie,

      I enjoyed your post, but for some reason I can’t comment over at your blog. (I don’t seem to have a global id.) I’m amazed that your little one so enjoys that Narnia book! I’m going to look for it.

  6. Aw, I missed it again. :::sigh::: I refuse to give up, though.

    Happy anniversary! Hang in there with the nausea addition and the lack of motivation. Those are some of the most challenging days of motherhood.

    Thanks for highlighting the book Santa Mouse. It brought to mind lots of old memories of my former “first love” and his best friend who dubbed themselves “Santa Moose” and “Santa Mouse,” respectively, and both delivered their Christmas presents by placing the gift on the recipient’s front porch, ringing the doorbell, and running away to watch the reaction from a safe and hidden distance. I think this practice was based on this book.

    I’d love to be entered in the give-away. I’m never very good at labeling only one favorite, but these books would definitely be in the running: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson), A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) , and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Susan Wojciechowski).

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