Friday, December 21, 2012

WinterHaven Sleigh Tour: The Magic of Christmas


Today is the third and final post for the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I'm posting my favorite Children's, Winter or Christmas story. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.


Well, I'm going to put this in categories because there's no way I can pick just one story. 

First up, MY FAVORITE STORY


Actually it's more like a poem... Enjoy!


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads,
And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap-


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.


The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a minature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,


With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:


"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
"On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
"To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"


As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys - and St. Nicholas too:



And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:


He was dress'd all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish'd with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack:


His eyes - how they twinkled! his dimples how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;


The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly:


He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh'd when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.


He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill'd all the stockings; then turn'd with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.


He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight-
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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Next, MOVIES!
This is a classic, not only for me but for my whole family. I think I've watched this every Christmas basically since I've been born. If you haven't seen it, you really should, especially if you've ever lived in the Midwest, or been there during winter. This was actually a book first.

I don't think I could survive Christmas without this movie! My boyfriend and I both love watching it, and it will always be a classic holiday film.

I love Tim Alan, and for me this is another movie that I can't miss during this season. We all wish Santa was real!

CHILDREN'S STORIES!

I mean, this is pretty self-explanatory. You have to have been living under a rock to not have read this, or a least seen the movie (the cartoon or with Jim Carey). Definitely another classic for me.

TV SPECIALS

Another fun classic I find myself watching every time the holiday season comes around. Nothing can replace the good lessons that come from these Charlie Brown specials!

YA BOOKS!

There aren't enough YA books out there about this season. I finally decided to read it after sitting on it for a year or so, and completely fell in love! Definitely recommend it for the holidays sipping hot chocolate on the couch.



As part of The Magic of Christmas, WinterHaven Books is hosting a give-away that will include a Children's or YA book bundle to be shipped to an elementary school or library of the winner's choosing. The winner will be offered a few options and they can choose what bundle and location to ship to within the United States.  Good luck and happy holidays!


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