Sebastian was old enough to get parts of Christmas last year. How to rip into a present, for instance. This year, however, with new words being spoken daily (breaths deep sigh of relief) I've decided to introduce him to the concept of Santa Claus and the childlike, magical side of Christmas.
SouleMama has long been a resource for ways to earn the mother of the year award. One of the things I remember from her blog is how they have a huge library of books but rotated them with the seasons. She's a very clever mama. This not only saves space and extends the shelf life of your books, it creates a sense of anticipation for the books to come.
I picked up 'Olive, The Other Reindeer' sometime this summer at a garage sale purely for the front cover. The illustration had me at 'Hello'. That said, I hadn't actually read it until this afternoon before Sebastian's nap. I pointed out that Olive was a dog with an identity crisis due to some mumbly Christmas carol on the radio who helped Santa and his reindeer crash their sleigh but then saved the day by doing what dogs do best ~ sniffing and fetching.
Traditional Christmas stories are on the list but I felt this was a good way to whet his appetite for more. If you've got kids, you know how fun this book is, and if you haven't, I suggest you humor me and find it at your local library. The illustrations alone are worth it.
What are some of your favorite holiday childrens' books? If you've got children, how have they responded to Santa Claus? When did you find out the TRUTH about Santa? Did you cry?