a creature was stirring
Harriet and I, back when we were little kids, had the hardest
time getting to sleep on Christmas Eve. We were sure if we were awake
when Santa arrived in the morning we'd find empty stockings and
nothing under the tree. This did not bode well for restful slumber.
Youngsters with similar anxieties will really be able to relate to
Carter Goodrich's A Creature Was Stirring: One Boy's Night Before
The book is split, each left page carrying Clement Clark Moore's
traditional verses in fancy gold lettering, each right page carrying a
young boy's anxious thoughts. He's awake. That in itself is a no
no. He's also peeked out the window. A friend has told him there's
no such thing as Santa.
It turns out to be a very good thing our young hero isn't in
dreamland. If you want to find out why...
...read the book already! :)
On a personal note, now I've also had the Christmas eves trying to get
three kids to sleep a few hours before the big day. I don't know.
When they go to sleep like it's any old night now, something is
missing. I don't want to think about what it will be like when they
A great big shout goes out to my wonderful kids.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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