12th Day of Christmas: The Grinch

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“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . .
but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!”

How The Crinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss

This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.comed6ab3f427c0e107b9dcb69aa9a8aeab-edited

The ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic – no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville!

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Book Bean: Merry Berry Matcha Freeze
0111-editedAs cold as the Grinch and just as green too!
In a blender add 2 scoops vanilla bean
ice-cream, Matcha powder to taste, one scoop
(or more to taste) of canned cranberry (not jellied, frozen ahead of time if possible.) Blend till desired texture. Garnish with real cranberries and enjoy!


d095ad4bea6df8d433049a8bc12cb70d“Then the Grinch thought of something
he hadn’t before!
What if Christmas, he thought,
doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas…perhaps…
means a little bit more!”

Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

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Eleventh Day of Christmas: Twas The Night Before Christmas

The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer!literary-advent-6-edited-1Day 11 of 12:

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;”

Twas The night Before Christmas


by Clement c. Moore

A wonderful classic poem that has been made into a beautiful book. The poem alone is great, but adding such detailed and amazing illustrations makes it so special. The art work is stunning. Curl up with this treasure and grab a cuppa; Read. Sip. and Be Merry!

Rated: on amazon.com

“He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;”

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Book Bean:
Candy Cane Cocoa
Tradition homemade Cocoa with whip or marshmallows, pick your pleasure, add in a delicious candy cane. Enjoy you Christmas Eve!

Need a Recipe? Try this: www.allrecipes.com/creamy-hot-cocoa
I like to add a little cinnamon and/or nutmeg to mine, but feel free to add your own pizzazz 🙂

p.s. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa 😉

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
~Clement Clarke Moore, The Night Before Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas: Gift of The Magi

The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer!literary-advent-6-edited-1Day 10 of 12:

“Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling—something” 

The Gift of The Magi
by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi is one of O. Henry’s most famous stories. The story contains many of the elements for which O. Henry is widely known, including poor, working-class characters, a humorous tone, realistic detail, and a surprise ending. A major reason given for its enduring appeal is its affirmation of unselfish love. Such love, the story and its title suggest, is like the gifts given by the wise men, called the Magi, who brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn Jesus.

Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com

Or enjoy this free copy! https://americanenglish.state.gov/the_gift_of_the_magi

12 Drinks of Christmas:

applepiechaiBook Bean: Crisp Apple Chai
In saucepan heat up half water half apple juice or cider and simmer with green apple slices.  Add in Chai powder mixture or concentrate. Add mixture to blender and blend till smooth. Serve with garnish of apple and topped with whip and/or caramel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

“But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.” 
~O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

Ninth Day of Christmas: Chicken Soup for the Soul

The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer!literary-advent-6-edited-1Day 9 of 12:

“The dynamics that are required to make any relationship work:
Just keep putting your love out there.” 

Everyone loves Christmas and the holiday season.  We love reuniting scattered family members, watching the wonder in the eyes of a child, and seeing the joy on the face of a gift giver.  The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our family lives.  We love the chance to gather with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days.

Christmas is a magical time of year — a time of family, friends, and traditions. Readers will revel in the 101 holiday stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic that spread the special joy, wonder, and blessings of the season with its tales of finding the perfect Christmas trees, being with family, seeing the awe in a child’s eyes, and enjoying the magic of the season

Rated 4.6@amazon.com

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Gotta keep it simple on this one of course

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Book Bean: Cuppa Chicken Noodle Soup

Here is a recipe for some amazing homemade Chicken soup, make a pot and savor a mug full while enjoying these amazing heartwarming stories.
https://the-ultimate-chicken-noodle-soup

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

Eighth Day of Christmas: Hiddensee

The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer!
literary-advent-6-edited-1Day 8 of 12:

“Luck and grace: an unmatching pair of boots with which to address
a long dusty road.”

For number 8 In the spirit of the new movie, I thought I would stray a little and try a new book, a twist on a classic:

Hiddensee 
by Gregory Maguire
From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade…

Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.

Rated: 3.8 on amazon.com

“Those who sit in the house of grief will someday sit in the garden.” 
~Gregory Maguire, Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Book Bean: HazelNogin Latte

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A yummy frothy latte with spiced eggnog and hazelnut delights! Make a latte as usual but use half eggnog mixed in with milk of choice. stir in hazelnut sauce to taste. Sprinkle with nutmeg! You can make this a hot cocoa or mocha by using hazelnut chocolate tempered instead of or in addition to espresso. Get Crackin!

And here is something a little more simple and classic:

The Nutcracker
by Susan Jeffers 
New York Times bestselling artist and Caldecott Honor winner Susan Jeffers has created a Nutcracker as only she can—with lavish illustrations, magnificent detail, and enchanting holiday scenes on every page. This is The Nutcracker as you’ve never seen it before!

Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

Behold the frightful Mouse King, the elegant Sugar Plum fairies, and the entire Land of Sweets in this dazzling, gorgeously illustrated holiday classic.

Seventh Day of Christmas: The Snow Queen

The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer!
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“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman;
don’t you see how strong that is? “

 The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Anderson

Of course this wintry weather and yesterdays book have me thinking of another Icy Noble Lady “The Snow Queen” Honestly, the whole HCA fairytale collection is a great thing to have on hand! Keep warm by the fire and enjoy this wintery tale, a look into the inspiration for Frozen.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

“Roses bloom and cease to be, but we shall the Christ-child see” 

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Cafe BookBean: Wintermint Mocha
downloadSteam milk of choice to desired temp. In a large mug pour milk over 2 real peppermints or approx half a candy cane candy (allow to melt while preparing tempered chocolate and espresso.) If you have peppermint extract you can use instead. Temper or Warm 1 oz of white chocolate, or use 1-2tbs white chocolate sauce, add in 1-2 espresso shots. Brew espresso, then add to mug. Top with whipped cream and sugar sprinkles.

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…” 
~Hans Christian AndersenThe Snow Queen