The holidays can be hectic, but a good book presents the perfect opportunity to get some one-on-one time with your tot. I've picked five seasonal reads, classic and new, that will get you both geared up for Santa's arrival.
There's a chill in the air and the crackling of wood-burning fires, and the Salvation Army bells ring on street corners. Christmas is closing in on us – less than two weeks away! Spend some time with your lil ones revisiting a classic holiday story from your youth.
Clement C. Moore published his great work, The Night Before Christmas back in 1825. The poem, already full of wonderment and cheer, is extraordinarily complemented by the illustrations of Niroot Puttapipat in the special, magical paper-cut edition. Each page offers a window into the next — leading the little ones through the glorious pages. The pop-up finale of a cityscape with St. Nick and his troop of reindeer flying overhead is truly a site to behold for both kids and adults.
Your tots will hang on every last word that comes as you tell the tale of Saint Nicholas. And, you'll enjoy the trip down memory lane.
It's bizarre enough that Bob Dylan has his own XM satellite radio show, but this clip of the singer reciting "The Night Before Christmas" is almost too much to handle. I, for one, love Bob, so listening to this recording provides a welcome, if strange, serving of holiday cheer. His colorful interpretation really speaks to his flair for folk poetry and talking blues.
But even if you're one of those people totally puzzled by Dylan, this clip is highly entertaining. Merry Christmas to Bob and to all a good night.