Welcome to the Book Drunkard leg of the 2011 Virtual Advent Tour. Today, I’m going to share with you what MY perfect holiday reading day is like.
Of course, I need to start out with a book. Now, I must admit that I’m not huge into Christmas books. However, a couple years ago, I received a book and I absolutely fell in love with it! THE UNFINISHED GIFT by Dan Walsh is a beautifully told story about a young boy who is living with his Grandfather during WW2. I highly recommend the book AND its sequel, THE HOMECOMING. The book is perfect for all ages so I even suggest reading it aloud to your family during the holidays. I’m currently reading his new book, Remembering Christmas and it’s putting me in the holiday mood 🙂
Now, I don’t know about you, but I like it to smell extra nice in my house during Christmas. Sometimes, it gets too cold out to open the windows and air out the house so potpourri is a nice choice. I especially like this stove top one I found on the Make it Do blog. I don’t always use the cranberries – the cloves and cinnamon sticks totally do it for me. Nothing else smells more like Christmas for me.
If the book isn’t enough to warm your soul, how about a nice hot drink? My favourite Christmastime drink is apple cider. If you want to kick it up a notch, try heating the cider in a pan (don’t boil) with cloves, cinnamon sticks and an orange – so buy extra when you get the ingredients for the potpourri! It will warm you right down to your toes.
If you are like me and don’t mind music playing in the background while you read, this is one of the songs that will be on the playlist. The Little Drummer boy, originally entitled Carol of the Drums, was written in 1941. For me, the story is the true meaning of Christmas – a poor, little boy with nothing, giving what he can, not for show, but out of love.