The Best Christmas Gift For the Man In Your Life!

Unless if he doesn’t like books, that is. This came across my Facebook wall, and I cannot believe such a thing exists!

Due Date Neck Tie

Unfortunately, I did not see anything here for women, per-se, but these neckties are pretty amazing.

You can find their website here: http://cyberoptix.com/products/printedneckties/duedatecard.php

O Holy Night: The Peace of 1914 – Michael Snow

No one wants to think about war when they are trying to focus on Christmas. Generally, I would hope no one likes to think about war at all, although for some it is their life’s work and career to pay attention to just such things.

O Holy Night Cover

So what was going on in the year 1914 at the time and season of Christmas? War. A war that had French and German troops in trenches, on French land, hiding from the other while they at the same time hoped to have to opportunity to destroy them; for most for no other reason than it would save their own life.

It may not be 100% clear who first called for the truce between the troops, but the story tells us that the initial singing of Christmas carols came from the German trenches, and was able to completely silence the other noises of the war-torn night unlike anything else. ‘Silent Night’, sung in German, did just that.

Numerous letters were sent to loved ones from the men who were in these trenches on this Christmas Eve night. Men who were glad to put down their guns, climb out of the trenches, and approach the enemy to shake hands and trade souvenirs. As the first few made those frightening first steps toward the enemy, the others began to do the same, seeing that they were indeed safe in their endeavors. Games were played, food and drink were shared, and mementos traded amongst the soldiers, all who commented to others that the ‘enemy’ was quite alright after all.

This story shares the narrative of these soldiers, as well as some of the letters that were sent home. This is a wonderful story; both comforting as well as something that makes you realize what has been sacrificed for the freedoms we have.

For Your Holiday Reading Enjoyment!

There are numerous books for readers of all ages that are centered around Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and likely other Winter holidays that I am not aware of (sorry…no offense intended, I am just not aware of every religious holiday). My family celebrates Christmas, and I try my best every year to avoid the commercialism aspects as much as possible. Our tree will not be up before Thanksgiving, I will not be listening to Christmas music before December, and I do not do any “black Friday” or Thanksgiving day shopping. Holidays are meant to be spent at home, with loved ones. Not in the stores, buying things that are more than likely not needed anyhow.

So, a few of my Christmas favorites include “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, as well as his “The Cricket on the Hearth”.

The Cricket on the Hearth

Another favorite I recently discovered by one of my favorite authors, L. Frank Baum, is “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.” I reviewed this story here: https://booksandopinions.com/2013/11/14/the-life-and-adventures-of-santa-claus-l-frank-baum-2/

Some great stories for the smaller kids (and the kid in you!) could include Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, or Charles Schulz “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

Charlie Brown Christmas“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg was a story before it was ever turned into a movie.

Polar Express Cover

What books are on your list for reading this holiday season?