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Twelve Days of Giveaways Day SEVEN with Andrea Buginsky!

WOW! I'm loving the guest blogs and all the fun giveaways over the last week! AND we have only just begun!! Today author Andrea Buginsky is looking back on some amazing books! BE sure to leave a comment and be entered to win an ebook copy of The Chosen and a fun necklace!

The holidays are a time to reflect and remember. So many memories come to mind as I think to past years’ celebrations, from my childhood to my adult years. One of the fondest memories I have is the wonderful holiday stories I discovered over the years. There are so many! And they are truly wonderful. Here are some of my favorites:
The Polar Express
OK, admittedly, I haven’t actually read the book. But I love the movie, and would love to get a copy of the book to read during the holidays. This is such a beautiful story, and I believe it’s one that anyone of any religion (I’m Jewish, by the way) would really enjoy. How could you not love the idea of a train pulling up to your house to take you to the North Pole to meet Santa?!
The Nutcracker
Although this story is highly enjoyable to watch, it’s also enjoyable to read about. I love the adventures of Clara and her prince traveling through the Land of Sweets. The Nutcracker itself is not only a wonderful story to read during the holidays, but books about The Nutcracker are wonderful too. I have a hard copy of The Nutcracker Ballet by Jack Anderson my grandparents gave me for Hanukkah when I was little that I treasure. Not only does it tell the story, but it also tells the story behind the ballet’s production, from the time it was created, to the first performance, to the music, and various performances around the world. It is a book I treasure and will never get rid of.
The Night Before Christmas
How can you not read this book every year on Christmas Eve?
These are my favorite Christmas stories to read throughout the holidays. Some other classics you may want to add to your collection are A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.
What’s your favorite holiday story? Feel free to share it with me, and then read it with your family. Happy holidays!

Be sure to check out Andrea on her blog, here!


  1. In school, we read The Night Before Christmas as a classic and then have fun with it by changing the characters! With the older grades, we have done a total rewrite, rhymes and all. That project has taken a full week! Such fun! What fun to read your blog!!

    1. Oh! That sounds like a lot of fun!! I have an old copy of The Night Before Christmas that I put on the coffee table during the holidays and I love seeing my guys reading it, even as teenagers!

    2. What a great tradition! The kids must love doing the rewrites. I'm glad you enjoyed the post :)

  2. Good morning! Right now I'm reading "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham and finding it very entertaining! We kind of skipped Christmas last year, we went to Disney World on Christmas Day. It was the first year my oldest daughter wasn't going to be home on Christmas and the first year my father was gone. But, unlike the book we did go to Christmas Eve. mass and we still decorated our house with a tree and our village. We had a great time in Disney and would do it again! :-)

    1. I loved that book, too, Lori. The movie did not do it justice, as far as I'm concerned. I love Disney, but have never been to their holiday celebration. It sounds magical! Merry Christmas!

    2. Disney never gets old! We did a Disney cruise (not at Christmas) but I bet that would be beautiful!

    3. Ooh, Tonya, that is at the top of my vacation wish list!

  3. Thanks Tonya! I can't believe I won Yay!

  4. I don't have a favorite holiday story just movie and that is The Santa Clause. PS I am in love with that necklace. Thanks as always for the giveaway.

    1. I love that movie, too, Heather, all three of them :) Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays.

    2. Oh! We love The Santa Clause too!! Tim Allen is great!

  5. I love How the Grinch Stole Christmas! And, I absolutely love reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. That's been a tradition in our family since my sister and I were kids. :) We're now passing it on to her family - and I will when I finally have one. :)

    1. What a great tradition to pass on, Emerald! Thanks for sharing :) Yes, I love that story.

    2. This was the first year that my guys didn't watch The Grinch with me!!!! Sigh...but my hubby and I did enjoy it together!

    3. I'm sorry :( I'm glad hubby watched it with you. I'll watch it with you again via Skype ;)


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