An End and a Beginning

The Pick: If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T! By Elise Parsley

The Plot: Magnolia and family are heading to the mall to meet a bearded guy in a red suit. Much to Magnolia’s surprise, her dad DOESN’T mean a pirate. Can Magnolia’s new friend change his ways before meeting the OTHER big guy?

The Pros and Cons: Several years ago, when my children were quite small, I found myself dragging through the Advent and Christmas season. What should have been a magical time of year — young children seeing Christmas lights for the first time is the best, you guys, and I was not into it AT ALL — felt instead like a slog through a slush filled, knee high, snowdrift. I needed a change. I needed a new tradition for myself. Books to the rescue! I decided that stories focusing on the good parts of the holidays might be just the ticket. While not discounting the joy I feel at anticipating my Savior’s birth, my new tradition of reading a bunch of sometimes silly, sometimes sappy, and always blatantly Christmas-y books in the month of December gave me the boost I needed to overcome the fatigue and blahs I felt as a worn-out young mom. I’ve continued this tradition ever since.

On this last day of #30inNovember, it seemed appropriate to kick off my Christmas reading season.

My first Christmas book this year was If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T! and it was a great pick. I’ve declared my love for all things Magnolia before in this Post. As always, Elsie Parsley’s illustrations shine, and Magnolia’s antics are spot on. This is Magnolia at her quirky best. For an extra chuckle, check out the names of the stores in the mall. If you’re having a hard time with the season this year, you need a little Magnolia in your life. Arr, Matey, check out this book!

The Perfect Book For: Preschoolers, Kids, Parents, and anyone who believes in second chances and the Christmas Spirit.

What traditions do you keep to brighten your Christmas holiday?