How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

grinch-bookThis is a classic, of course we’ve all seen the movie a thousand times, but something different happens when I read it to my kids. Ten-year-old Emma of course knows the words and can recite them, but the little ones watch enthralled as I read. I like to do voices, so I pretend I’m in Mrs. Doubtfire and they all have a giggle. We got this book a few years ago for Emma, and I’ve begun to make it a December tradition to work it into the bedtime mix. If you have never read to your kids, this is a perfect one to start with.

Sure the Grinch steals the toys and tries to stop Christmas, we all remember that part, but do you remember the line that he says when he sees that they are celebrating without benefit of all the “stuff”? The line brings tears to my eyes every time: “He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!” If you have never read that line to a youngster and watched their reaction, you, sir, are missing out.

Reading to Your children

Even if you don’t care to read Christmas stories to your children, reading just about anything to them can help them in so many ways. If your children are not old enough to read, it may give them the motivation to read when it comes time. It is also a great bonding experience, as they will likely have questions about the story and it will help you to impart some of your thoughts and feelings about life. Most kids’ stories have moral lessons, so it will help you to find a way to discuss things that you may not have thought about. There is nothing quite like reading one of your favorite stories to your kids and watching it become one of their favorite stories.

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