I wanted to read aloud to the children on Christmas Eve. I wanted to leave them with visions of sugar plums. Well, I wanted to give them the gift of a story. And that’s just what I did.
Last March when the pandemic hit and everything shut down, I created a YouTube Channel. Every day I would read aloud one picture book and one chapter in our chapter reading book. By doing so, I was able to give children a sense of normalcy during a chaotic time.
Today I went back to our YouTube Channel and read aloud two different Christmas books.
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg has become a classic story. While the movie is excellent, the book is superior.
“The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” by Gloria Houston is perhaps my favorite. It is a true story and takes place in the Appalachian Mountains. This is a longer story, and well worth the read. Grab a tissue, sit back, and enjoy this Christmas Eve tale.
I can’t imagine giving anything better than the gift of reading aloud wonderful books.