With Thanksgiving behind us, households everywhere are busy shopping, traveling, and enjoying family. We had a wonderful Turkey feast full of laughs, love, and pumpkin pie, but the excitement comes this weekend when I head to the Houston Ballet to see the Nutcracker with four women I love: My Mom, Sister, Niece, and Daughter.
It’s events like this that really bring the Magic of Christmas into our home and our hearts. That’s why I’m happy to introduce you to two Christmas Books, by Scholastic, that will warm the hearts of both you and your children. What better way to create memories to cherish?
About The Christmas Magic:
Far, far North, when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa begins to prepare for his big night of giving. He gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled. Then lovingly, he chooses toys for every child in the world. For Santa loves them all, and he knows what each child at heart wants most. Then, with the thrum of magic that makes reindeers fly, he spreads the Christmas joy and warmth throughout the world–as he always has — and always will until the end of time.
In this gorgeous telling of The Nutcracker, Gail de Marcken brings E.T.A. Hoffmann’s richly enchanting world to life. With beautifully detailed illustrations, the story of THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING will become an instant classic . It’s a story readers of all ages will delight in.
What We Liked:
• Hard Cover: The book is hardback, which we love. Our two older children (ages 6 and 7) have learned how to take care of their books, however, we have a 2-year-old who is still learning. With special Holiday books, we like to have them sturdy to withstand “The Toddler” and being packed away from one year to the next.
• Magical Colors: Nothing says “Magical” to me more than the mixture of Blue, Silver, & White. The cover of The Christmas Magic, itself screams READ ME. My children merely saw the cover and HAD to know how they can experience what was inside this story.
• Memory Maker: Yup. I said it. I’m a sucker for Holiday Books. We have an extensive library dedicated just to Christmas, but books provide so many awesome memories for my children, it’s hard for me to invest money into something that will fade by the end of the day. These books and titles last a lifetime with sweet memories of reading by the dim lights of the Christmas Tree or the edge of the bed.
• Size: These two titles are bigger than they look! The pages were easily seen from across the room and when we snuggle we all help holding it, bringing us that much closer.
• Life Events: As I mentioned before, we’re heading to see The Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet this weekend. A perfect way to help us get prepared is reading The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. My daughter relates this book to the magic and excitement of the Ballet and Christmas.
This is usually where I insert my Momma Improvement, but not today folks. These are amazing Christmas stories that are perfect for bedtime stories or gift giving for the entire family!
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King retails for $18.99, while The Christmas Magic can be purchased for $16.99 at Scholastic’s Online Store.
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