Remembering the Magic

Remembering the Magic

Remembering the magic of Christmas in New York

REMEMBERING THE MAGIC

An Advent Calendar Day!

Remembering the magic of Christmas in New York!

It’s still early morning back in the farmhouse, and Belinda loves quiet cocoa and happy memories. And picturing what she will draw for her mom and Gramps.

She can’t wait to tell them about her amazing dream! She dreamed about dancing with the prince on the stage at The Nutcracker!

In her dream, people clapped and clapped, and Custard had a front row seat! Pretty hard to draw a picture of Custard sitting still in a seat, but she already knew what the best picture would be: a picture of Belinda and Santa!

So Much Magic!

Belinda and Santa

Belinda was excited about the Santa at Macy’s (lots of people think he is the REAL Santa). She wasn’t too sure about that, but going out with her grandmother and her dad would be fun no matter what. AND she would get a picture to show her mom!

When her grandmother asked if she knew what she wanted for Christmas, Belinda was very quiet. Finally she said, “I think that what I want can’t come down a chimney. I want my mommy to come home. And I want a whole family hug.”

“I understand,” her father said. “And you are right that the best presents of all can’t come down a chimney. But it’s ok to tell Santa about something you’d like to do or give or share or play with. You know, something that CAN come down a chimney. And it’s ok to tell Santa about the part he can’t do. He’ll understand that too.”

Belinda finally decided to ask Santa for ice skates so that she could skate with her mom and dad once her mom got home! That would be a GREAT present. But she also asked for the present that wouldn’t come down the chimney!

Christmas Wishes

Family Skating Together

Wishing for her mom at Christmas was a big wish. But Christmas was all about special wishes. And sometimes those wishes come true!

When Belinda’s dad and gramps got up, she had so many things to tell them – three at a time! She wanted to tell them about Grandmother and the giant tree and the Nutcracker. But she also told them that she asked Santa for ice skates!

Her dad thought that was a great idea and just the kind of thing that Santa would love to hear!

After a hot breakfast and a lot of stories, Belinda sat down to draw a picture. She decided that living in the city with Grandmother with lots of people would be good. But she loved living on the farm with her dad and Gramps.

She hoped her mom would come home soon, but she’d talk to her on Skype and show her a picture in the meantime!

 

 

Let me know in the Comments how you’re doing on your journey and whether you have a December 15 drawing of your very own in your house.

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below. And tell me about your favorite Christmas books!

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A Christmas Tree for the Family

A Christmas Tree for the Family

Christmas Tree Farm

A CHRISTMAS  TREE FOR THE FAMILY

Another Christmas Memory

Do you put up a Christmas Tree for the Family? Is your tree full of special memories? Like ornaments you made when you were REALLY little?

Do you get a tree from a tree farm or a tree lot or, maybe, you like the kind that doesn’t drop its needles? There are all kinds of trees, just like there are all kinds of families!

But Belinda is very particular about HER tree! Maybe she dreamed about trees with lights and snow and even snowmen?

Can Belinda Help Choose the Tree?

If kids get to help choose the tree in your family, are they excited?? Belinda sings one of her favorite Christmas songs all the way to the tree farm! If you can guess which song, send me a note in the comments. Lots of kids like this song!

She can think about her pretty dream, but once she gets to the REAL tree farm, she is on a mission!

There are SO MANY trees to choose from. What if her dad picked the wrong one?? Only one way to solve that problem – well, at least three ways!

Helping the Grownups Get It Right!

So what do you think she did?? What would YOU do if you wanted to remember a tree? Well, if you’ve read today’s story, you know that Belinda puts her mittens on one tree, her scarf on another, and her warm winter hat on a third (she definitely likes threes!).

A Special Surprise at the Tree Farm!

One of the best things about Belinda’s trip to the tree farm was meeting up with her friend, Elizabeth! She even told Elizabeth her plan for choosing a tree. She said it had to be, “BIG and TALL and FAT and FRIENDLY.”

A Very Good Friend

Elizabeth agreed that there were way too many trees that were BIG and TALL and FAT and FRIENDLY. Even though Elizabeth was a very good friend, she didn’t like the idea of putting her favorite blue hat on a tree, so she joined Belinda in putting mittens and scarves on HER favorites too. Their parents would have some tough decisions to make.

It’s a Treasure Map!

Once the parents knew what the girls’ “Treasure Map” looked like, it was easy to check out all the trees and find the perfect one for their families. And, of course, find some slightly frozen mittens and scarves and one red hat too. 

Only 18 Days Till Christmas

With a whipped cream mustache from her cocoa, Belinda hugs her friend when they say good-bye. Soon she’ll be home, sitting at the kitchen table drawing the next page of her Advent Calendar – a Christmas tree wearing mittens and a scarf and a hat – and maybe she will add a snowman, just for fun!

Let me know in the Comments how you’re doing on your journey and whether you have a December 7 drawing of your very own in your house.

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below. And tell me about your favorite Christmas books!

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