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Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Fun Day Planned

Last Saturday, my daughter, mother, grandson, and I went to see Tangled — my daughter's treat. It was great fun and my grandson's first time at the theater. He was alternately horrified and thrilled.  The first film I ever went to see was Disney's Pinocchio. As I recall, I was also alternately horrified and thrilled. There are 70th anniversary editions of Pinocchio on sale now, but I assure you that I have not yet seen my 60th year and won't for a few. Obviously, it was a re-release. ;>

Anyway, my youngest grandson has been waiting patiently for his day. Today is it. We are going to spend some quiet time reading stories, coloring, playing in a box (one of his very favorite things), baking some cookies, playing on the piano, and whatever else suits his fancy. We might even watch a short video, which is all his budding attention span allows.

My mother's favorite childhood Christmas book front and center and mine below...

She has yet to make it through The Little Match Girl without weeping and I have yet to read Herriot's The Christmas Day Kitten without doing the same. We are two sappy gals now let me tell you. Neither of those Christmas stories will be read today for obvious reasons. :D

Any favorite children's Christmas stories you'd like to mention and/or do you remember the first movie you went to see in the theater?


  1. Ohh...The Christmas Kitten. I may be knocking at your door. Your day sounds wonderful. I just love the last two days before Christmas.

  2. I LOVE James Herriot's stories!
    You do have a fun day ahead of you...

  3. You are having delicious happenings, with your Grands!!! Yessssssssssss...

    And the ladies of different generations of your family, are making delicious memories!!! Yessssssssssss...

    I love "Mr. Willoby's Christmas Tree," one of the children's books introduced to me, when my own children were young, by "Captain Kangaroo." :-) Long ago, 'Uncle A.' got me my own copy, one Christmas time.

    Gentle Christmas-time hugs...

  4. I cannot even read The Christmas Kitten, it made me cry so much the first reading! :)

    The first movie I actually remember seeing was Gone With the Wind (which also had to be a re-release).

    I don't remember how old I was but I was old enough to have read the book and think it was much better than the movie... which shocked all my non-reading friends.

  5. I can't remember what the first movie I saw was but, I can remember being there with my brother and sisters. :) (we brought in a bottle of pop and when my brother opened it, it exploded all over the place. ;p

    Have a wonderful day Vee!


  6. What a lovely day you will have together.

    Thank you for a wonderful year of friendship.
    Have a beautiful & joyous Christmas.
    TTFN ~
    Hugs, Marydon

  7. It sounds like you have a wonderful memory-making day planned with your grandson. What a neat idea to have a special day with just him and letting him pick out whatever he wants to do!

  8. Shall I admit that I have never read The Christmas Kitten? But now I must go find a copy!

    You have a wonderful day today...with your long list of 'things to do' with your grandson. My grandson doesn't like to stick to any one activity for too long either.

  9. Sounds like a wonderful day planned. Can I come over too? :-)
    I don't remember the first movie I went to and I don't have any favorite stories from when I was little but my favorite story now is The Polar Express which is in my library. I like the The Christmas Day Kitten also and have that too!

  10. You will have a delightful day! My parents frowned on movie theatres when I was a child, but made an exception for The Sound of Music when I was about 10 or 11. It was a wonderful experience!
    I don't remember a particular Christmas story from my childhood, but my favorite one is now "Johann's Gift to Christmas" which we read to our children. It features the mouse who nibbled the organ leather in Austria, thus necessitating the composition and performance of Silent Night to a guitar.

    Merry Christmas, Vee.

  11. Oh you got them out!!! See I didn't touch,...LOL, they are wonderful. Oh, have so much fun.
    We are reading "The Christmas Miracle" right now...the pictures are just beautiful. I also enjoy all of Max Lucado's Christmas theme books...for children and adults.
    "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is still my favorite.
    I don't recall my first movie!!

  12. I think it was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Or was it Snow White. I do remember the first ballet - Swan Lake. I was 5. (I just checked - Mum says I kept wanting to go and buy sweets. I don't remember that bit.) I LOVED that, and I still love going to watch ballets.

    Have a wonderful day with your grandchild, Vee, and a very Merry Christmas, and the Happiest of New Years too!

  13. Fun memories and I sure your sweet grand had a big time on his special day.

    We took my son to a circus when was young and he had the same reaction but the funniest thing he did was to sit backwards in his seat looking at all the people and no amount of convincing, not clowns or elephants, could get his attention diverted to the show. He kept saying, "Look at all these people!"

    They are so much fun are they not? Have a holly jolly Christmas!

  14. Merry Christmas. I know your day was wonderful. When my children were little DH would read 'The Night Before Christmas' to them before we tucked them into bed on Christmas Eve. I miss those days.

  15. Ah.. the Christmas Kitten! I don't think anyone can have a dry eye reading that. My daughter may have had a Christmas kitten of her own this year as a stray ended up on her doorstep. She already has three cats...so she is looking for a home for this one.

    Wishing you and your family a very merry and blessed Christmas!

  16. Merry Christmas Vee, the first movie I went to see with my parents was an Elvis movie, I do not remember the name of it, but I know that Elvis fell in a salt mine. Hope all your wishes come true. Hugs, Margie.

  17. I think perhaps Pinocchio was the first movie I ever saw. Let's just say it was the first movie that made an indelible impression. I was terrified.

    Have a wonderful day with the youngest grand, and a Merry Christmas to you and John.

    - Suzanne

  18. Yes, The Christmas Kitten makes me cry too. But then so do parts of Little Women which we watch every Christmas. Fortunately my daughter knows which parts to fast forward through!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


  19. What a delightful day you have planned (or had by now) with your grands! I'm another one of those sappy gals for sure and love those childrens books which never grow tiresome!

    I pray you have a full-of-joy- Christmas and cherish each moment with your dear family and friends!

    Blessings to all!


  20. Vee,
    I've read The Little Match Girl, sets me to weeping. The Christmas Kitten? I should read it.
    I love A PussyCat's Christmas by Catherine Wise Brown. (author of Goodnight Moon), Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon, and Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.
    Have a most wonderful and blessed Christmas, Vee!
    And soon I'll get that email thing figured out, thanks to your help.

  21. Merry Christmas, Vee, to you and your beautiful family. :)
    My favourite Christmas story is probably found in the pages of Little House on The Prairie books. The simplicity with which they celebrated is so heartwarming. I also love the holiday cd featuring the best Christmas stories from the series. You will have to check it out!

    Love to all,

  22. Sun. Dec. 26th...

    Knew if I went back far enough, I'd find a post, allowing Comments. :-)

    Wanted to wish you well, with the coming bigggggggggggggg storm. We are forecast for 6-12" but my friend in MA, is forecast for like 15-20". Sooooooo, you up there farther, will probably have a bunch. Stay warm! :-)

    Gentle snow-bound hugs...

  23. Glad tht there was somewhere to comment Vee! Loved your Christmas Day collage and glad you had a great time. Great to have the children round.

    Wishing you a great New Year.

    Bless you. barbara


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