Eight years ago, I started my first blog– Mrs. Cropper’s Books. I had recently left the classroom to be a full time mom, and while I loved my baby boy and felt blessed to spend my days with him, I couldn’t drive by an elementary school without tearing up. Blogging about Children’s Lit helped to soften the blow then, and, even now, almost a decade later, it is still one of my favorite topics to write about.
Today I’m sharing the most simple idea ever to help you feel like Supermom when a new holiday rolls around.
In the age of Pinterest and countless blogs, everything has become so much more, right? When I had my first two children, things like maternity and newborn photo shoots were uncommon, and I had never even heard of a labor and delivery photographer or a gender reveal party! Every time I visit Pinterest, I am bombarded with images of seemingly perfect moms doing all sorts of clever things for their children on holidays. Of course, this is really a topic for an entirely different post–it has become almost controversial as some people roll their eyes at such things and push back against such trends. Honestly, I love a little holiday magic. You’ll never find an Elf on the Shelf in our home, but I love decorations and special meals and whatever else feels fun that year (and some years, it is next to nothing!). In the end, I think we should all do what we want and allow others the same privilege (see previous post!). The reason I bring this dilemma up, is that my suggestion today can help any mother feel like she is providing something festive for her children, and it doesn’t involve frosting, sprinkles, or a mess left by leprechauns. I also think it has the potential to add more meaning to each and every holiday.
The idea is simply this. Every family needs a designated Holiday book basket. This is a habit I got into as a teacher, and I have loved carrying on the tradition with my family. All year, the books for every single holiday live in a giant, lidded bin in an upstairs closet, and as a new holiday season is approaching, I pull out the books for that holiday and put them in our holiday book basket.
Three huge perks to this system:
1. Our holiday books aren’t just scattered amongst the rest of our library, so when I get them out, my kids are delighted!
2. Because of that novelty, the children naturally spend more time reading. I am constantly finding them lying by the holiday books, looking through them independently, and we spend hours snuggled together on the couch, while I read them aloud.
I hear a lot of my friends say things like, “Oh, we don’t really have any Valentine’s Day books. I guess I should buy some.” That can feel a bit daunting at first. Just add to the collection every year. You could give your children each a book for Valentine’s Day. And an Easter book is the perfect thing in an Easter basket.
And that’s it. Find yourself a cute new basket, bulk up your book collection, and pat yourself on the back for making holidays more magical for your children.