Shhhhh! If there are any little people in the room now is the time to close the window and bookmark this to read later.
When I was growing up the Santa and the Missus were regular visitors to our house during the month of December. Santa delivered a gingerbread house early in the month and, of course, his usual visit on the 24th. But the visit that I always looked forward to was the one by Mrs. Claus. Every year on the night before the night before Christmas, Mrs. Claus would come to our house* and bring new PJs and slippers. I loved this and when the hubby and I started our own traditions I added to it. Because our house is a house of books, Mrs. Claus also leaves a Christmas themed book for our girls. Early on it was fun and/or beautiful picture books, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Merry Christmas, Strega Nona, and Eloise at Christmastime.
Then it moved on to chapter books like Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time, Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May), Geronimo Stilton Special Edition: Christmas Catastrophe, Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Holly the Christmas Fairy, and A Christmas Surprise (Magic Kitten).
Now, we still read some every year even though we have “out grown” them like Bob: And 6 More Christmas Stories, The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long, Olive, the Other Reindeer, The Golden Christmas Tree, Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess and, of course How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
This year I have a dilemma. Where are all the good tween Christmas stories? The Girl has read or been read the classics (A Christmas Carol, Cricket on the Hearth, Little House, etc.). So where does that leave poor Mrs Claus? Needing your help, that’s where. If you know of any young adult Christmas themed books lend a lady a hand.
*I have no earthly clue how she got there. These and so many other things surrounding the magic of the Clauses are taken on faith.