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My Christmas Story
I saw Santa Claus once. In our living room, at the tree, looking jolly. I am almost 37 years old yet I still hold that memory. Believing in something is a good lesson to teach a child, even if that something is not real. Sounds wild coming from a Montessorian, right?
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I am an adult. I don't believe in Santa. I don't remember the day I “discovered” Santa was in fact not going to make it down my chimney and around the world to visit all children in one evening.
What I do remember are warm feelings of being close to my family, feeling the excitement of the holidays, writing a note to Santa, remembering to leave carrots out for the reindeer.
Sometimes memories are all that we have to pass onto our children.
The poem “Twas the night before Christmas” was written nearly 200 years ago yet still permeates millions of homes every holiday season. This poem makes its way through generations.
A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood. ~ Charlotte Kasl
Traditions that feed the spirit and the soul of a child are worth a lifetime of love. I can close my eyes and my mouth curls to a smile as I take myself back to cold, snowy evenings in the weeks preceding Christmas.
I can hear my mother's voice reading the book.
I can hear my Nana's voice reading the book.
I can feel the warmth of my siblings cuddled near me.
I can hear my Aunt telling me how she and my father (who has passed away) had special memories of this book.
The memories are warm and deep. The words and those feelings are ingrained in me. These memories are part of who I am as a mother.
I always imagined myself in this book as one of the children all nestled in bed…
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. ~ Honore de Balzac
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There are many wonderful activities to do along with reading this poem. Here are just a few to get you started:
Activities for a Cozy Christmas Eve
- Pictures with names of family members
- Rhyming with images and words, insert new words for fun
- Write your family's own Christmas poem
- Insert new words into ‘Twas the night before Christmas poem
- Story sequence cards of the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas
Recipes for a Cozy Christmas Eve
I found the Perfect Hot Cocoa Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown of the Food Network. Hot Cocoa is a must throughout the holiday season but especially the night before Christmas. This recipe is great because it makes a mix so you can make it ahead of time. So boil some water, mix in your hot cocoa mix and cozy up. Something new that I am attempting this year is making homemade marshmallows to put into our hot cocoa. Thank you again, Alton Brown.
So, maybe I dreamt that I saw Santa Claus in my living room. Isn't that what dreams are made for?
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