Thursday, December 1, 2011

Breaking the Reading Slump: Holiday Preview

Breaking from the reading slump isn't easy.  You get a little lazy and other hobbies take over and your books sit unread.  I am not sure if everyone has these slumps, but at my house they are often.  This time: visiting with family and friends, decorating for the holidays, crafting Christmas gifts, and being a mom all came before reading.  I did manage to finish several Christmas gift projects, start on my holiday shopping, and I even found some fun new winter recipes to cook for my family.   

I don’t want you to think I haven’t read at all!  I took out some holiday/winter books to share with Lil Guy including by Lois Ehlert’s Snowballs, a fun DK Christmas Touch and Feel book, and My First Chanukah by Tomie dePaola.  These three books are read several times a day with a few others (reviews soon, I promise!) and placed in a Christmas Basket near our fireplace. 

Personally I have always enjoyed reading holiday books.  I love holiday romances or children’s books with holiday settings.  There is something about holiday books that make you feel a special connection.  Knowing that others celebrate with their families,  hearing about a little Christmas magic, or connecting to the ancient stories that we still celebrate today, these stories just make me feel good.  This December, I hope to highlight some of my favorites and I can’t wait to read from others about their favorite holiday books and traditions. 

So, I am ready to break the reading slump with holiday reading and other books.  I welcome the snow, long winter’s nights, and books that inspire imagination and keep me feeling warm inside.