Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Begin a New Christmas Tradition with Your Children

Two reasons to order Christmas Mosaic now:
  • Christmas is only 51 days away
  • Advent begins in 25 days

This book is not only to enjoy with your children. There's lots of Christmas comfort food in it for the mother as well. When the children are safely nestled in their beds, it's time for Mom to microwave herself a quick cup of hot cocoa and sit down to enjoy essays by Elizabeth, Alice, Dawn, Mary Ellen, Kathryn, Karen, Margot, and yours truly. There are poems to savor as well as the beautiful artwork by the gifted Sean Fitzpatrick.

Relax and take a breather. Come to think of it...let me make it a little easier on you. Starting the first Sunday of Advent---and each Sunday of Advent this year---I will offer a mini-retreat for mothers here at the Cajun Cottage. I know how busy you are...how busy we all are. It's almost scary...except that we are driven by love and service and charity for our families.

Christmas Mosaic makes this busy time of year do-able, tranquil, soothing, beautiful, colorful, reflectively holy, refreshingly blessed. Welcoming this beautiful Christmas wreath trimmed with picture books into your home and hearth will allow you to embrace the soft, starlit days of Advent and beyond...through Epiphany.

A Reflection on Sharing Books with Children at Christmas by Elizabeth Foss
A Reflection on Preparation by Alice Gunther
A Reflection on Santa Claus by Cay Gibson
A Reflection on Hannukah by Kathryn Faulkner
A Reflection on the Nativity by Karen Edmisten
A Reflection on Angels by Cay Gibson
A Reflection on Epiphany by Margot Davidson
Celebrating December Birthdays by Cay Gibson A Reflection on St. Nicholas by Mary Ellen Barrett

I can almost...almost...smell the Christmas cooking and baking now. Round, doughy lumps of chocolate chip batter stuck on the fork and fingers. Peppermint extract pinched into melted white chocolate. A plate of warm molasses cookies shared by Julie and a recipe for orange-spiced snowballs shared by Dawn are already on the menu to be enjoyed with these scrumptious picture books: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and An Orange for Frankie.

For those who already own Christmas Mosaic, you know there are still lots more picture books inside that crystal igloo---as thick as soft-falling snow---ready to be dug out and read anew this Advent.

You will want to get ready with a cup of hot cocoa (frothing with marshmallows) and your library card to check these warm, cozy books out and enjoy them while these goodies stew on your stovetop or bake in your oven.

Begin a new tradition with your children. Open this book. And come back soon for further details of the upcoming Christmas Comfort for Moms: A Retreat

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