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First Holiday Complaint of the Season!

This month’s pre-school Scholastic book catalog was a little disappointing. I get that it was thematically built around the holidays in the month of December, but note that I wrote “holidays – plural. As in, more than just Christmas. If you were to thumb through this flyer, you would see that there were books on only that one holiday.

Slim pickin's for holiday reading.

Slim pickin’s for holiday reading.

True – Chanukah is kicking off pretty early this year, overlapping with Thanksgiving, but it does run in to the month of December. And Kwanzaa is December 26 – January 1.

So why no books for kids whose holiday customs might not include a Christmas tree or Santa Claus? I counted 21 titles with the words “Christmas” or “Santa” in them. I gave the books with the word “holiday” in their titles the benefit of the doubt. For, while the cover illustration may depict a strictly Christmas-y scene, there could very well be mention of other holiday traditions. Case in point, Llama Llama Holiday Drama (which name drops “dreidels,” though the cover art capitalizes on a Santa hat and colors most often associated with Christmas).

I know there are books out there on holidays other than Christmas. We have a few. So why didn’t I see any in the flyer?

Guess we’ll be going with the holiday-neutral books about snow. But I suppose that would open a whole other can of worms if we lived in a warmer climate…

What gets YOUR feathers ruffled about the holidays?


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Read it and Eat (plus a Sweepstakes!)

I’m looking forward to the monthly book club I’ll be hosting this Sunday.  Because it’s not just not about the reading.  It’s also about the eating.  Which is why we named our collective, “Women Who Read and Eat.”  (We originally had the Eating before the Reading in the title, but we thought we might be shortchanging the literature a bit.)

I know a lot of book clubs are more “after hours.”  No kids.  Maybe some wine.  I think that’s something I could get into, if I felt I could afford more time away from my kids.  But with my work schedule, and the fact that they really notice my absence at their young ages, I’m not up for that scenario right now.  Our group meets on the weekends, since most of us work outside the home during the week, and we bring our little ones.  So 40% of the time is spent discussing the book, 30% eating and 30%  swapping toddler tips, refereeing and wiping marker off the walls.

On second thought, maybe we do need to spend some time away from the kids!

 Run Away with the Writer Book Lovers Getaway Sweepstakes.

It’s a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Ontario for you and 5 friends, with 5-star treatment (yes, there is a SPA) in 2 great settings – downtown Toronto and scenic Muskoka.

Where does the booklover part come in?  You get to attend 2 literary events with Joseph Boyden, Canada’s celebrated author of Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce.

For details: ontariotravel.net/booklovers
Total prize valued @ $14,600 (USD)

I’ve only been to Ontario once, but Toronto is special to me.  Scott proposed to me at the top of the CN Tower.  And if you win the sweepstakes, you’ll be dining up there, and touring the world’s tallest wine cellar.  (It really is hard to separate the love of books from that of wine, huh?)

Where Scott and I were engaged. He got down on one knee on the glass floor, waaaaaay up there.

What are YOU reading and eating?  

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