Posted by: ad65shorty | November 27, 2009

Christmas Picture Book and Giveaway (CLOSED)

This giveaway is now closed! Thanx to all who participated!

The Christmas season is fast approaching. I love so many things about the upcoming holiday season. One of my favorites are the on-going traditions we do in our family. There are some we have passed on from our own childhoods and some we have started with our own family unit. I also love all the great Christmas stories there are! I constanty have to resist the urge to buy another for our collection. Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas picture books with you!

 The Night Before Christmas Board Book

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (illustrated by Bruce Whatley)


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this classic story, right?! I have seen many versions of this story through the years, but this one has to be my all-time favorite! Whatley does the poem justice, in my opinion. His pictures are vivid and colorful and so realistic. I mean, just look at that cover! Don’t you want to pick the book up and see what’s inside?! Santa looks so real; it’s amazing! Children can’t put this version of the book down!


Now, it’s your chance to own this book!! I will be giving away a copy to one reader. To enter, please leave a comment with your favorite Christmas tradition. Because this is a blog about activities to do with children, please leave a comment about your favorite tradition you did as a child, or your favorite tradition you do with your children now.

Please only one entry per household. The giveaway is open until Tuesday, December 1st at midnight MST. This is so I have time to mail it so you can enjoy it with your family during the Christmas season. Thanx for reading!

(FYI: the back corner of the book got bent in shipping…)



  1. We are in serious need of some traditions! How about….visiting the Festival of Trees!

  2. We like to put small Christmas trees in the kids rooms. They put the presents they are giving under their own tree, and on Christmas we journey to each room to open the presents from the kids. It’s fun to sit on their beds while they hand us their own special presents- it’s a great memory and stretches out the present opening a little more.

    We love books too!

  3. When sister and i were kids, my dad would organise a treasure hunt kinda thing for our friends and us. We would have to go from one clue to the another, all over our street searching for the items on the hunt. It was all so much fun!

  4. Christmas Wishes
    On Christmas eve after acting out the nativity scene and reading from Luke. We all take turns hanging a candy cane on the Christmas tree. While giving another person a wish! They have to be for another person. Everything from a new baby to a wish to walk and a new job and a boyfriend. Coincidently those wishes usually come true! All of the family both young and old love it and look forward to it!

  5. Woo Hoo!! I’m so excited about this because we just did this! Every year the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve we make candy trains. We use mini candy bars, frosting, twizzlers (pull and peel), m&m’s, and a bunch of other kind of candy to make a full train set. We use the twizzlers for the tracks and then it’s up to you how you want your train to turn out! We’ve made igloos with marshmallows, over passes with candy bars and candy canes, sleds, etc. It is so much fun!

  6. Oh so fun! We haven’t seen that version of the book. Though I just gathered all my Christmas books and will be wrapping them individually tomorrow so that each day in December we can open one and read it at bedtime. This will be a new tradition for us. Our other favorite tradition is getting the kids in their jammies and driving around looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights in town!

  7. One of my whole family’s favorite traditions is making gingerbread houses. Lately I’ve been going easy on the preparation and just using graham crackers for the walls and roof. Then we use frosting and tons of candy to decorate. The kids love this. And of course, we wear our Santa hats and listen to Christmas music while we do it.

  8. Our family favorite is to get in our van, complete with hot chocolate and drive around looking for Christmas lights. Its so fun and everyone enjoys it!

  9. Ever since I was a little girl my parents made hotdogs and beans for Christmas Eve dinner and then after mass we would sit down and watch a Christmas movie before it was time to go to bed because “Santa had to come!” As I and my brother and sister got older we never out grew the tradition and still every year we watch a movie as a family together on Christmas Eve.

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