Guest Author - Colette
If you are confronted with finding a Christmas gift for the child who seems to have everything, why not choose a book. Some of my favorite gifts over the years have been books. So far I am giving three separate books out as gifts. For those of you who are interested in doing the same, why not start with a books about Christmas. There are tons of books published each year centered on a Christmas theme. Not that there is anything wrong with those, but I have decided to keep with books that have affected me in some small way. So...here goes my top five.
1. The Children's Bible: The Old Testament, The New Testament by Rev Joseph A Grispino, Dr Samuel Terrien, and Rabbi David H Wice (Hardcover - 1976). This happens to be the bible that I grew up with and I learned as much from it when I was sent to my room as I did from any Sunday school class.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss; Whenever I read these words I hear the voice of Boris Karloff-let's face it I am getting old. I'm sure Jim Carrey heard the same voice when he took the movie role!
"And they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer.
"Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!" And if you really want to have fun, try serving some Roast Beast for Christmas dinner.
3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg; Thinking of the hit movie from last year? Well, believe it or not the book came first and per usual the book is better. Van Allsburg's vision of the North Pole as a 19th century industrial company-town has become such a Christmas standard that it's hard to remember how startling and unusual it seemed a few years ago- until you read it again, and the magic all comes back.
4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson; "The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down tool house." What kid wouldn't be interested in a story like that, pure unadulterated fun.
5. The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams; Remember way back when you were a little kid and the most pressing issue on your mind was whether or not your favorite toy really did have feelings? In The Velveteen Rabbit a boy receives a Velveteen Rabbit for Christmas and forgets the toy. In the meantime, other more expensive or mechanical toys snub the Velveteen Rabbit. During dialogue between the nursery toys and live animals, it is discovered that a toy can become real if its owner really and truly loves it. Love has nothing to do with how often the toy is played with, or how long it has been owned, but rather with pure and true love.
All of these books can be found online at Amazon or in your local bookstore!