The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer! Day 1 of 12:
“Darkness was cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”
A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
Tiny Tim, Ghosts, and of course the infamous Scrooge! This fantastic and endearing Christmas classic is a must read for children and adults. It is a great book for older children to read or for adults to read aloud by the fire with family. There are also a few amazing audible version that make great background ambiance.
Cozy up with this book and a make sure to have a warm drink to keep out the ghostly chills.
12 drinks of Christmas!
Book Bean: Cinnamon Cocoa Crunch Something with a little bite in the spirit of scrooge:
In a large pot add 1 cup milk per person. Once the milk is warm whisk in 1 tsp dutch cocoa powder to 2 tsps of sugar (I use bakers sugar or confection sugar so it mixes smooth) PER cup of milk! Bring to a low simmer. Whisk in 1/4 tsp of cinnamon per cup of milk, or to taste. Add in 1 Tbls of cream/half n’half per cup. Top with whip and sprinkle with red hots.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Today February 7th in 1812 the great Charles Dickens was born. Dickens wrote countless classics that everyone knows; A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and the list goes on. He is the author and creator of many famous and timeless characters; Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist, etc. His literature has reached far and wide, beyond what I think he ever could have imagined; T.V. series, movies, sequels, adaptations galore! He has an iconic style and ambiance to his work that is haunting and beautiful.
Here are a few quotes that I love, may they inspire you:
I love those, especially the one about lightening the burdens of another,
it is so powerful.
What do you like/dislike about Charles Dickens? What are you favorite works?
And how better to say it, than with a compilation of Christmas wisdom from a few brilliant books and authors.
(made into a Christmas tree to boot.)
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid: for see-I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
I love snuggling up with a book at Christmas time. Gathering by a warm fire and/or twinkling lights, sipping something hot and getting lost in a cozy wintery story.
Her are some books I really enjoy reading at Christmas time:
(Click the pictures and/or titles for more info.) Miracle on 34th Street
You have probably all seen the movie, but it does not compare to the book (as usual.) I like the movie and actually the book is a nice extension of it. I was fortunate enough to have read it after the movie, which I think helps. It is a delightful book. The character of Kris Kringle is so enjoyable and jolly, you can’t help but love it. The story is wholesome and teaches us so many important lessons. If you have not read it, I urge you to do so, I think you will be happy you did.
Book Bean: Eggnog Mocha Your basic mocha but made with 1/3 parts eggnog 2/3 part milk (or to taste if like it extra sweet.) I also only use about half the amount of normal chocolate.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas The wonderful classic story by Dr. Seuss. He is so brilliant in his creation of such a horrendously likable creature. We love and loathe the Grinch. Which is why the story is so compelling, and why the ending is so fulfilling. The Grinch has become iconic, he is like Scrooge a symbol to be used for those less keen on Christmas spirit.
Book Bean: Nutcrackerccino A cappuccino sprinkled and swirled with nutmeg.
A Christmas Carol Speaking of scrooge. This book has to be the most timeless Christmas story of ever told. Everyone one knows the tale, and it has been made in to countless shows and movies. The book is fantastic and I wish more people actually took the time to read it. A Christmas Carol is a hauntingly beautiful book.
Book Bean: Cinnamint Tea Mint tea with a dash of cream sprinkled with cinnamon and/or a cinnamon stick.
Rudolph The Red -Nose Reindeer Oh the wonderful story of Rudolph. I love this story. I love the idea of a character being different and then overcoming the struggles and pain that can come from it. I got my anniversary copy of this book at a black-Friday door buster, back when it was still a sane thing to do. This is a great story and the book is lovely.
Book Bean: North Pole Cocoa Rich hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes for stir sticks.
The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe I hope you are not sick of me mentioning this book yet. How could I not at Christmas time! This is one of my favorite books to read in general, but I especially love to read it at Christmas. It is a wonderful winterland story, that all ages will enjoy. I think it is a great book to read aloud in a group.
Book Bean: Spiced Orange Chai Your favorite Chai with a dollop of marmalade and a sprinkle of spice if you dare (mix while very hot.) You can substitute marmalade for orange liqueur.
Twas The night Before Christmas
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.
Book Bean: Gingerbread Steamer Add hot milk and crushed gingerbread crumbs to blender, blend until frothy. Sprinkle with nutmeg and/or cinnamon.
What books do you like to cozy up
with for Christmas?
Fun Fact: According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.