The holidays can terribly stressful, with all of the shopping, the cooking and the planning. The stress makes it easy to lose sight of what is truly important during the holidays. Sometimes I even have to take a step back and recognize what is important, and why we celebrate. I took a short break this holiday season to read "The Paper Bag Christmas" and it really put the whole thing into perspective.
The book centers around two young boys, Molar and Aaron, whom are forced by their parents to visit Santa at the local mall. The boys don't believe in Santa, but they begrudgingly go. The boys are given paper to make lists for Santa, which they fill with anything and everything. When they finally get to Santa, he looks at their list and tells them they are probably not going to get everything on their list, but he can give them a gift "better than everything they have ever written down." He asks the boys to meet him at a local address a couple days later.
When they arrive at the address, they see that they are at a children's hospital, and being asked to volunteer for the holidays. This begins a journey for the boys, and shows them the real meaning of Christmas.
I really enjoyed this book. It was heart warming and honest. The book really made me stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas and what really is important. One thing I particularly liked about this book is the fact that it is long enough to tell a great story, but not so long that I start and never go back to it.
I would suggest if anyone has a few free minutes to check out "The Paper Bag Christmas," especially if you are feeling down or are tired of the commercialization. It was a great book and I plan to read it every year at Christmas. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
We had a very nice Thanksgiving, but it went by much faster than I would have liked. Joel and I ate meals out, gasp, at least three times. Joelito spent the entire trip attached to Abuelita's hip. Joel and I have become used to being chopped liver when the Abuelito's are around, and we are fine with it.
In other news, we have decided to drive to West Virginia to see my parents for Christmas. 18 hours. 18 hours. That is a ridiculously long time to be in the car with a 2 year old. I am going to try to muster as much patience as I possibly can for this trip. I think we are crazy, but we are going to do it anyway. I still do not know how we will entertain this child in a car for at least 18 hours. Does anyone have any ideas?