Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Christmas Gift to You

Its true. I have a gift for you. Before I tell you about it, though, I have a favor to ask. Friend-husband and I are shopping for Storybook Night. If you recall, this is the night when we give our grandchildren their Christmas gifts. Each grandchild receives a book, especially chosen for them. They open their gifts one at a time so that everyone can admire each book. The rest of the evening is a filled with the reading and sharing of books. The favor? What is your favorite children’s book? That’s all. Just give me a suggestion or two. We need picture books, chapter books, and maybe even a little YA fiction.

Now, the gift. What do you do on Christmas Eve? In our family we stay up late playing games and watching movies, but first we gather for a Christmas Sing In. It’s an informal way to bring a special spirit to our Holiday celebration and reminds us of the reason for the season.

What’s a sing-in, you ask. Well, (thinking)…I guess it’s sort of an informal program. No preparation, no costumes, no fuss. One person reads, everyone sings. Choose your favorite carols, select a good reader, find a comfy chair, and the fun begins.

In our family, we use a script for our sing-in, which I wrote some years ago. I wrote it originally as narration for a musical Christmas fireside. It was well received and a few people requested copies. We liked it so much, that we adopted it as narration for our yearly sing-in. I think you’ll like it too.

I would like to thank you for your friendship and support. Thank you for your comments to the blog and your emails. I love hearing from you. Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of Some Secrets Hurt. Thank you for making a difference.

The script is too long for this post, but if you would like a copy of my sing-in script, just email me, garners@xmission.com and I will send the script as an attachment. Feel free to adapt it to suit your needs. I will send it in time for Christmas Eve.

That’s my Christmas Gift to You.

Merry Christmas.

Linda Garner


L.T. Elliot said...

My favorite children's book is "You are Special" by Max Lucado. Of course, everyone has that one but I love it and get 7 kinds of weepy after reading it.

A series of books my dudes love is the "How do Dinosaurs..." by Jane Yolen. They're darling and help teach great manners!

Merry Christmas, Linda!

Carolyn V. said...

I love the idea of your sing-in. I'll have to gleen that from you. =)

As far as children's books, I love A Case of Stripes. It such a cute book, and my girls love the story.

Merry Christmas Linda!

Shari said...

I love the idea of the sing along. I would love a copy! Carolyn has my e-mail. Maybe she'd forward it to me.

Favorite books. Hmmm. There are so many.
PB's -- Fancy Nancy, Anything by Patricia Polocco, Splat the Cat to name a few

YA -- Hunger Games; Goose Girl; Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow; Anything by Janette Rallison

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Some quirky but "good message" PB's I like are:

- Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
- The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln
- Ish or Dot (both by Peter Reynolds)

and I love - Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco

Linda Garner said...

Thanks everyone for the great book suggestions. I'll be checking them out. Keep 'em coming. Love, Linda G.

Linda Garner said...

lindagarner@somesecretshurt.com doesn't seem to be working. I guess that explains why I haven't had any emails for a couple of weeks. Instead, please email me at garners@xmission.com if you would like the sing-ing script. Love, LG

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us read the blog entry. It is wonderful and I like the one above it, as well. I would love a copy of your script. We were given a book years ago by a dear friend with the scriptures and beautiful pictures of the Christmas story. We have used it for years on Christmas Eve. This year we gave it to our children to use in their families. We love you. Merry Christmas.