A Book-y Christmas

Monday, December 5, 2011

This Christmas will be special for us for two reasons: 1) it's Evelyn's first Christmas and 2) it's our first holiday being away from family and that means time to start our own traditions! Now, Ev is a bright young girl. So much so that she knows she doesn't need fancy shmancy presents and toys but will be satisifed with any of the following - a box, a magazine to shred, chapstick, a straw, etc. Needless to say, we're not going all out on gifts with her this year but I do want to do something that will atleast be memorable and educational, because I'm all about having cultured kids. And so begins our new tradition of book giving.**

A while back I started a pinboard just for Children's books. If you look at it, you'll know I am missing more than a handful, like, maybe missing hundreds. What am I missing? Do tell, do tell! I can't decide what my first book to Evelyn should be.

In light of me sharing how bright my daughter is, here's why I am not so intelligent. Today I stood in front of the exit door at Target for about 2 seconds before I realized it wasn't an automatic door. I started to back up and head for the door that would do the work for me when I thought "what am i DOOOING?" I am capable of pushing the door open. So I did. That made me think for a moment about myself and my character. Am I that lazy? No, I'm blaming the world for imposing it's laziness upon me. And I smacked it down, right in the face. It's the mini-triumphs, people, the mini-triumphs.

**After having this brilliant idea, I saw that Elle from over here does something similiar but much more extravagant. Check it out!


  1. We got lots of books at Matthew's baby shower. I pull a few out at a time for him to 'read', but it mostly ends up in his mouth.

    I am trying to come up with fun traditions to start since it's Matthew's first Christmas. I will wait until he's a little older to do the 25 books for Christmas. For now, we'll stick with the picture books for him.

    I love how you have a whole board for pinning books. Evelyn will have quite the collection!!

  2. hahahaha, loved the Target story!

  3. I recently read the originial Winnie the Pooh, novel by AA Milne, to Genevieve. We both loved it and then we read Charlotte's Web. I love reading to my kids. It is really a treat.

  4. hahaha that is awesome. It sounds like something I would do. And I like the idea of a book exchange for Christmas presents.

  5. There are so many great children's books!

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    The Little Engine that Could
    Peter Rabbit
    Tikki Tikki Tembo
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

    And the list could go on and on... Not to mention all the great Christmas books! :) Hope this helps.

  6. this is a lovely idea for christmas. and your door story totally cracked me up :)

  7. I LOOOVE this idea!! Especially the pinterest children's book pin board! I might have to copy that from you!!

  8. 1 - thank you for the mention. you are a sweetheart!
    2 - BABE family! seriously.
    3 - we are both married to men named jared. random. do you ever call him j-monkey? j-man? jerry?
    4 - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your shop.

  9. Sorry, the post above is from me...I was logged in to my RS blog. =)

    What I was trying to say was, that my husband's family does the 25 books of Christmas tradition, and he loves it. As soon as I can collect enough books, I want to start it with my little family too. I think that's one of the good things about living far from family. You can create your own traditions and do things in a way that fits you, all the while keeping some of the same traditions that made you who you are. Have so much fun this Christmas!!

  10. thanks so much, sweet kendra, for your comment on my last post. means the world to hear your encouragement about the topic & to hear your perspective having waited :) your little one is beautiful and i just love your blog! i'm your newest follower and so glad we found each other.
    God bless!