Twas The Night Before Christmas (written by Clement C. Moore) is one of my favorite Christmas poems. Legend has it that he wrote this poem for his children on Christmas Eve of 1822.
Can you imagine the excitement of going to bed on Christmas Eve with the enchanting words of that poem dancing in your mind’s eye?
It’s such a magical poem and even though I no longer have small children in my life, I still read it every single year on Christmas Eve. And just for the sake of magic, I always set my illustrated book under the tree.
Twas The Night Before Christmas
This year, I am reading Twas The Night Before Christmas (or, more traditionally A Visit From St. Nick) on Christmas Eve at 6 PM on the Scented Balance Facebook page. Clicking this Event link will take you to the event page.
I found this old print of Twas The Night Before Christmas courtesy of NightBeforeChristmas.biz. It’s an enchanting website dedicated to the poem and author!
Children love for grownups to read to them. My mom and older sister often read to me when I was a small child. To this day, I absolutely love to read and I can still remember when I was very small – 4 or 5 years old – how much I enjoyed someone reading to me.
This is a sweet photo of me holding my newborn grandson and reading a book to him. You never know what a child’s brain will pick up much less retain, so I chose to read sweet and silly books to him from the time he was a few weeks old. I miss that!
I hope if you have small children in your life, you’ll take some time this holiday season to read a book to them – a real book – not the electronic kind!
A Book On Every Bed
Amy Dickinson is a daily newspaper advice columnist (yes, newspapers still exist) and every December 18th, she dispenses with her column and honors the anniversary of her mother’s birthday. Her mother loved to read and passed her passion on to Amy.
In her column of December 18, 2017, Amy devoted her entire column to the beautiful life lessons she learned from reading books and how her mother’s passion left a lasting and positive impact on her life. She writes:
Today, in memory of my mother on her birthday, I share a simple idea that adults can easily adopt in order to give the children in their lives the gift my mother gave to me, by putting “A Book On Every Bed.”
Here’s what to do: On Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate), make sure that each child in your household wakes up to a book at the foot of their bed. The gift could be a new book or an old favorite from your childhood.
The best part of the “A Book On Every Bed” tradition? Sit down on Christmas Morning with your child and read the book you gave them. Not only can you enjoy a few tender moments with your child but you instill the love of reading in them – a love that hopefully will last a lifetime.
If you don’t have small children in your life, you can donate to charities that promote reading and provide books for children who might not otherwise be exposed to the joy of reading. In an older article, Adweek Magazine provides a list of reputable charities that you can help and one in particular caught my eye: United Through Reading which helps military families who are separated read aloud together.
By the way, I clicked on every single link in that article to ensure they are all good and still valid – they are. Each link will take you directly to the charity’s website with all their information.
Start By Reading!
There are lots of stories for kids and your local library or local bookstore is a great place to start.
Why don’t you think about writing a children’s book? How? Just start writing and see what happens!
Make a child’s life magical this year and instill the love of reading. It can be a wonderful new tradition that you start to ensure your legacy.
It makes me smile every time I read Twas The Night Before Christmas and I hope it makes you smile, too. Please join me on Christmas Eve at 6 PM on the Scented Balance Facebook page.
Let’s add to the spirit of the season with this beautiful diffuser blend:
Holiday Diffuser Blend
- 10 Drops Balsam Fir Essential Oil
- 8 Drops Tangerine Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Blend together and add 5 – 10 drops to a cold mist diffuser. If you would like a small bottle of this blend, I make Christmas Magic in a 5mL bottle for $14.95 plus shipping. Simply send an email to me or fill out this contact form requesting this custom blend and I will make it for you!
Please take a moment to share this post about reading with those you love on your personal social media – thank you!
Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours!