Special delivery

northsouth advent calendar

We just received this lovely advent calendar — “Christmas in the Square” by Eve Tharlet — in the mail from publisher NorthSouth. What a nice surprise (and a good way to combat my case of the bah-humbugs). Thank you, NorthSouth!

Paging Santa

Pageant

They were adorable. But between the pageant, caroling the night before, decorating the tree yesterday, and making enough Chex mix to last through Valentine’s Day, I feel like my holiday responsibilities are over. If Santa* would just write my book reviews I would be all set.   *He can be any color. I don’t care. […]

We like sheep

ChristmasPageant

Tomorrow I’ll be participating in my first  (and thus best, I suppose) Christmas pageant ever, with what seems to be a pretty Jesusy group of Unitarians. (They have a cross behind what passes for the altar, but a Mogen David hangs in the front.) My childhood Catholic church had a manger scene on the lawn in […]

Reading is the reason for the season

elf in the fridge

  Deck your shelves with Holiday High Notes, the Horn Book’s selection of the best Hanukkah* and Christmas books of the year. (*or Chanukah. Jane, Yolen, if you’re there, we notice your new Dinosaurs book uses this spelling. Mistle-tov!)

Do I know it’s Christmas?

Xmas tie

So I’m rocking my Christmas tie and going to see The Nutcracker tonight (live from Lincoln Center at a theater near you) but the spirit of the season is eluding me. Not that I’m unhappy, just Not in the Mood. I shall have to take a leaf from Miss Fitzhugh: “Sport wrote back: I have […]

You’d better watch out

s Dead

Megan Lambert has a great take on belief in Santa Claus in our November/December issue. As Robin Robinson can tell you, the devout can be fierce.

O Christmas Books!

ChildsChristmasHyman

I was the type of kid who lingered in stairwells trying to overhear adult conversation and who sneaked downstairs to catch my babysitter making out with her boyfriend. As a six-year-old, I blew Santa’s cover after noticing that “his” handwriting on gift labels was just like my dad’s. My mother was aghast to learn I’d told […]

>Merry Christmas, now shut up.

>I’m over at Out of the Box today opining on Wild About Books, my favorite thus far of the book apps I have read/heard/fingered/etc. A larger question here, though–why are the narrators for these things so annoying? Thank God you have the option to shut them up and read aloud for yourself because I haven’t […]

>If Jim Carrey says it’s Christmas now, who are we to argue?

>While we’ve already given you our choice of the best holiday-themed books of the season, Deborah Stevenson and her elves at BCCB offer a handy handout of more than three hundred recent titles suitable for gift-giving. Deborah and I both learned our trade from Zena Sutherland and Betsy Hearne, so you know she has excellent […]

>Why Such a Lonely Beach?

>The new issue of the Magazine is out (with a cover by Lane Smith that makes me want to watch Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol immediately). You can see the table of contents with links to selected reviews (holiday books!) and articles (fan fiction!) right over here.