A note from Mrs. Snoke...

Monday
Oct062014

Hi Kids,

I so enjoy Christmas. To me, the whole month of December is just magic! I enjoy the family togetherness, cuddling by the fire, the food, the music, the cookie-making, and the movies. I love that people slow down and pause long enough to be extra kind to their neighbors and friends.

Some families celebrate 25 Days of Christmas. They do something each day leading up to Christmas. Here are some ideas you and your family may want to try in order to create Christmas memories. Some of these are pretty standard traditions, but maybe some of them will be new to you. Have Mom and Dad help you compile your list of ideas, vote on what everyone would like to do, and then make those things priorities.

Here are some ideas:

  • Read Christmas stories to each other. You can find lots of Christmas books at the library.
  • Decorate your Christmas tree while sipping hot chocolate and listening (and dancing) to Christmas music.
  • Make Christmas ornaments together. Make extra to give to others. You can find Christmas crafts at the library.
  • Participate in Angel Tree or Operation Christmas Child or another charity drive where you and your family get a chance to give to others.
  • Invite friends over to watch Christmas movies. We have movies available at the library. Include your favorite Christmas treats.
  • Have a cookie decorating party. Donate cookies to an elderly neighbor or your favorite Nursing Facility
  • Take a drive around and look at lights. Take a bag full of popcorn & something to drink.
  • Visit a Living Nativity.
  • Decorate a gingerbread house.
  • Make Christmas cards for our soldiers. Bring them to the library and we will mail them.
  • Help Mom and Dad wrap presents.
  • Have a "sleepover" around the Christmas tree.

Here are the events we are offering at the library:
Toddler Tree Decorating - December 5 (9:30-10:00 a.m. & 10:30-11:00 a.m.)
Paws to Read - December 6 (11:00 a.m. to noon; register at 309-672-2447)
Visit Santa at the library - December 13 (11:00 a.m. to noon)
Jingle Bell Readers, Crafts and materials for cards will be available throughout December.
There are always things to do and wonderful books waiting to be read!

Have Mom or Dad let me know (they can comment on Facebook) what you and your family do to make this season special. May your family have a fun, peaceful, and joyful season.

Here is a list of Mrs. Snoke's favorite Christmas books:
The Most Precious Gift by Marty Crisp
A Shepherd's Gift by Mary Calhoun
One Winter's Night by Leo and Diane Dillon
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Berry
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
Drummer Boy by Loren Long
A Magical Christmas by Claire Freedman
Merry Christmas Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Truffle's Christmas by Anna Currey

Happy Holidays!
Mrs. Snoke