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Dinner and a Movie: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Dinner and a Movie-Disney's A Christmas Carol include recipes for Slow-Cooker Roast Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Christmas Pudding with Butter Brandy for a fun family night this holiday seasonYou already know what a huge Dickens fan I am.  I’ve never read one of his books that I didn’t absolutely love.  Of course, A Christmas Carol is the story most of us are introduced to first (because there are so many movies based on it) and I’m no different in that respect.  So it remains one of my favorite stories ever, even though I didn’t actually read it until years after I first saw it on film.

Disney’s version is awesome in that it is the one film version that captures Dickens’ sense of humor.  With Jim Carrey playing Scrooge, you’re gonna get some sense of humor.  So this holiday season, you should totally watch it with your kids and make a delicious meal to go with it.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Books for All Ages

The 2017 Holiday Book List has books for all ages that would make wonderful gifts this season

Books are my favorite.  But you know that, right?  I believe there should be at least one book under every single Christmas tree this year, one book given for at least one night of Hanukkah, and yeah, Kwanzaa should totally be celebrated with a book.  So part of my job passion here is to help you find books to give your kids that will rock their socks off.

If you haven’t checked out my awesome ideas for cool gifts for teen readers, you need to take a look at all the awesome stuff my boys approved to get your teens this year.  It was a lot of fun to put together, but you know me–the Lit Mama has to give you some book ideas for all the kids.

Because books rock.  And if you filled my stocking and underneath my tree with books, you would be my best friend.  And every-everybody should feel the same.

Since you’re doing your best to raise lifelong readers, I have some ideas for books that will knock your kiddos socks off.  What are we waiting for?

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Dinner and a Movie: The Indian in the Cupboard

Dinner and a Movie for The Indian in the Cupboard includes recipes for Leftover Turkey Pot Pie and Apple Pie Cups for a fun and easy family movie night

Do you remember this wonderful film based on Lynne Reid Banks’s classic  middle grade novel?  My oldest boy watched this one over and over.  I think it’s one of those movies that every kid wants to live in at some point or other.

In short, this film is perfect for this time of year.  The holidays lend themselves to lessons about tolerance and The Indian in the Cupboard makes the lesson fun. Also, this meal?  Perfect way to use all that leftover turkey.  I mean, I can’t even.
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Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Face Mask

Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Face Mask includes fireman activities for kids, printables, a unit about visual impairment and more

You know that good feeling you get when you’re just standing around at work with a group of people swapping stories?  Everybody is so interesting.

Well, Uncle Rocky-Face Mask is a story about that feeling.  A bunch of heroic firemen hanging out at the station talking about the cool things they’ve done in their careers?  I’m in.

James Burd Brewster wins again with another incredible Glad to Do It! book.  In this one, Uncle Rocky is hanging out with his co-workers and the chief tells them a story about the time he saved a blind man from a burning building.  The story celebrates not only firefighters but the abilities of visually impaired people.  It might well be my favorite.

As always, Brewster includes true facts about being an everyday hero, from the steps the chief takes to head out to the emergency to the face mask he shares with the blind man.  Littles who love all things fireman will learn so much from this endearing tale.

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