I grew up with a mouse in our house. The Christmas Mouse.
See, the Christmas Mouse knows the frustration of parents with children underfoot on Christmas Eve. They are really excited at the thought of what Christmas morning will bring, but as far as Christmas Eve goes, children need something to keep them occupied. The Christmas Mouse also knows how important reading is (and watching movies as a family). So he’s come up with the perfect solution. When he knows the children aren’t watching he puts his plan into action. The children soon notice that he’s going missing and they happily set out to find him. He can always be found sitting atop a large wrapped package that he’s sneaked into the house.
Inside that package is a wonderful surprise. Books! Movies! Games! Something to add to the family library and a book that suits each family members interests. Now the family is happy and content on Christmas Eve as they snuggle into the couch with a good book.
Do you have a mouse in your house? Hmm . . . maybe you should!
Sigh . . . what a difference a year makes. They’ve gotten so much bigger since last Christmas. Seriously, this is one of my most favorite and memorable Christmas traditions that I grew up with and I have continued in my own home. My parents instilled a love of reading in me through this tradition. They knew that books would be tossed aside if given to us on Christmas day, so they decided to gift them on Christmas Eve. How it became to be that the mouse delivered the package, I’m not sure. But when I got married, I found the exact same mouse I grew up with on Ebay. Two years ago, the mouse even delivered the news to my in-laws that I was expecting our second child. He’s very much loved in our family (the mouse – but we do love the baby too!). I love, love this literary Christmas tradition.
Would you like the Christmas Mouse to visit your home this year? If so, just share with me any ideas that you may have for other Christmas traditions involving books. Not necessarily gifting them, but anything! The Christmas Mouse will virtually visit your home in the form of a $10 Amazon gift certificate. I’ll announce the winner this Wednesday the 17th. Short and sweet!
Today is the 15th day of the Blog Advent tour, also posting today are Somewhere in Between and Wendy from Caribou’s Mom. And make sure to check out all the other stops on the tour, there are some great posts about Christmas traditions from around the world.