Christmas in Children’s Books!

Did I tell you that I’m a pack rat? Seriously, I have a hard time letting go of everything! I’m still working on throwing away my high school stuff and that was over 10 years ago. I mean, seriously, right? Some of my prized possessions are children’s storybooks.

I figured I’d dig them out and showcase them. Maybe it might be some nice gift ideas for the young ones in your family!

Christmas storybooks

My Christmas storybooks, except for one 😉

Granted I didn’t get them all during that year but some of them like The Night Before Christmas, Merry Christmas Mr. Carroll! and The Very Best Christmas Present 🙂

Let me introduce them a little starting from the top left corner with:


I think this one is self-explanatory but here it goes:  its about Rudolph who has is a reindeer with a red nose and he gets made fun of by the other reindeer because he’s different but on a foggy night, Santa asks him to lead them so that they can finish up the Christmas gift delivery.


I love Robert Munsch.  He’s awesome at children’s storybooks.  Love Me Forever is a children’s must-have gift.  Its meaningful and touching.  This is actually the one book thats not Christmas related but it always ends up as a gift to children from their parents or other family members. Its also the one that I bought for myself a few years ago.


My dad bought me this when I was around 8 years old during Christmas.  He liked it because it was about a man and a cat that became his companion despite not wanting the stray at first.  Its a really adorable story.


A book with Christmas short stories and poems


Who doesn’t like Sesame Street? I love ’em all, the whole crew and honestly, Elmo may be cute and adorable in his red suit and giggly nature and of course, Cookie Monster but Grouch was always cool to me also.  This is a nice little story about the grouch who appreciated everyone.  Its pretty awesome! I flipped through it last night and its still fun 🙂


A collection of short poems and stories related to Christmas for young children. I like this one a lot 🙂


Christmas cookies! Thats so me! I should stick that on my fridge and then I’ll be motivated to bake 🙂 Although I have a few ideas for this weekend already and I’m pretty psyched about it!


The famous story The Night Before Christmas has so many renditions and versions from all the book publication companies.  My fave has to be this one by Golden Books.  Its illustrated using mice and its mega cute!


Do you love Alvin and the Chipmunks? I do! I watch the movie almost every Christmas, well, the new one at least.  This is nice because its about Alvin and how he’s really greedy and all about getting gifts instead of giving but he learns better with a little of his own version of Christmas Carol where three ghosts visit him and he sees the past, present and future 🙂

There you go! My  little Christmas book collection for children.  I also own two other books, one is for adolescents, A Midnight Clear and other stories, I think thats what its called and I have one by Agatha Christie which isn’t all that good but its a collection of poems and short stories related to Christmas and very much related to it in as a religious holiday. Maybe that will interest you 🙂 Of course, I also have How the Grinch Stole Christmas because I’m a huge Dr. Seuss fan.

What books do you read for Christmas? I haven’t found any novels that has peaked my interest yet. Any suggestions?

Tagged AGAIN!

I always love to play TAG! Last week, I got tagged by Rarasaur and I went on and tagged a few others of my own who participated in the game.  A few days ago, I got tagged again.  This time, its by the absolutely awesome ruler of the Matticus Kingdom, DJ Matticus.

versatileblogger111Now he didn’t just tag me that day.  Please allow me to go off on a tangent now.  On the same day, he gave me an award also, The Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m not going to write extensively on it.  However I’d like to give a huge THANKS to him! This is the 3rd time I’ve gotten this award and he’s helped me believe that I’ve achieved some sort of versatility thats being enjoyed by all of you! I’m super happy about that because if its anything I’m good at, its being versatile.  You know, jack of all trades, master of none 😉  Thats me! However, as much as its about me, its also about him.  If you haven’t stopped by his awesome blog and kingdom, that has just started a new segment of Tug of War blogging style, you need head on over and show him some love right HERE!  And if you already know him, then still head over and check out his blog, maybe he’ll have something new for you to explore.  Once I figure out how to rearrange the awards on the side bar to give everyone their acknowledgement for the awards that I’ve got, it’ll be right there for you to see.

Now back to business, I’m sure a lot of you have already seen this blogging TAG going around but still, here are the rules:

1. Post these rules.  
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

I’ve had so many pictures of me lately so I’ll just re-use a recent one.

With my new Disney addition, Lotso from Toy Story 3 watching Oscars

11 Facts about me:

1. I love daffodils!

2. Les Miserables is my favorite musical but Wicked is very close behind.

3. I love exotic fruits.  My favorite is starfruits.

4. I will exit the house if I smell a durian anywhere near me.

5. I love finishing things by myself and I’m obsessed with puzzles.

6. I’m totally into the Resident Evil movies and can’t wait for the next one to come out.

7. I hate movies that end where everyone dies and the purpose all backfired because it makes me feel like I’ve wasted my time.  The most recent example I have is The International.

8. I’d like to see a reboot of Hercules Poirot some time.  Sherlock gets his shot in movies and TV series but we should show some love to Agatha Christie

9. As much as I love Dr. Seuss, the best story book to me Love Me Forever by Robert Munsch.

10. I just started having this immense addiction to peanut butter.  President Choice style made from just 100% peanuts.

11. You probably already know this but I’m mega chickenshit when it comes to horror movies, but I love to watch it for the adrenaline rush.

There you have it.  Some more facts about me! Now for my turn to answer some questions

DJ Matticus asked probably the hardest questions to answer *glares at him*…but I will try to answer them.  I’m always up for a challenge!

1) What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen that wasn’t supposed to be a comedy?  (MST3K movies don’t count.)

I don’t know what MST3K.  Am I supposed to? Clash of the Titans (the one from a few years back with Sam Worthington) definitely ruled in the “so bad its good” (maybe) area.  I still think its a crappy movie but I can tell you me and my friend had a blast just making fun of it and laughing AT it.  I’m sure it wasn’t with it.

2) What is the least funny movie you’ve ever seen that was supposed to be a comedy?

This one is no-brainer.  Austin Powers! Man, that movie put me in some serious REM sleep.  I don’t think I ever passed out faster.  My cousin woke me up in disbelief and then I really tried to watch it and 30 seconds later, ZZZZzzzz!!

3) Is there a line, for you, where one side the comedy is genius, and the other side is “too far?”

Jokes about race is probably in that area.  Like I wouldn’t sit down and watch The Dictator because I’ve seen some of the jokes and some of it seems a bit overboard.  However, I’d gladly sit down and watch a stand up comedy show of Russell Peters as he mocks them but it doesn’t seem to be as ill-mannered, especially if most of the people have experienced it and find some joy in it.  I don’t know if I even make sense.  Did I even answer this question?

4) If you ever said, “Hey boys, lookie what I got here,” what would you have?

Umm…a car…magazine…Top Gear preferably

5) Can you ever see yourself crushing on Mongo?

I’m gonna go ahead and say no because one, I had to research who this Mongo is. And the results came to Blazing Saddles movie which I haven’t seen.  So in the sense of total and complete lack of knowledge, thats the only answer I could have.  Unless there’s always the “maybe” option.

6) Why are you SO tired?

Nightmares about being late for work deadlines *shutters* Work, please leave me alone!

7) Where are all the *ahem* women at?

At home? I can’t help you with that.  All my girl friends are at home and they are the only women I can refer to…or wait..Montreal is known for something else but thats inappropriate for this blog space or else the search results are going to be even more absurd than they already are.

8) If you could send a telegram, who would you send one to and what would it say?

Thats a tough choice and I’ll choose to pass on this question.  So many people I would send a telegram to that my brain is currently overloading…

9) Who would you want to choreograph your dance routine?

No one.  I can do those myself 🙂 Used to do that with my friends for a few Chinese cultural fairs.

10) If you could ride off into the sunset, would you pick a limo to do it in? Or…?

Nah no limo for bulky.  I’d pick a Toyota Supra, my dream car 🙂 or a Nissan Skyline works also.

11) Would you ever ride a horse on a blazing saddle?

No…I love adventure but not into that blazing part 😉

Here are my eleven questions:

1. Whats your favorite flower?

2. Whats your favorite musical? Broadway, movie, whatever you’d like?

3. How do you feel about durian? (If you don’t know what it is, I included the link)

4. Do you like to eat exotic fruits? Whats your fave?

5. If you were asked to put together a 3000 piece puzzle, would you do it by yourself or ask for help?

6. Do you have a favorite “so bad its good” movie? Which one is it?

7. What movie do you absolutely loathe watching and had the feeling that you wanted to burn or break it for wasting your time?

8. What book would you like to see adapted into a movie?

9. If you had a shelf of children’s storybooks, which would you choose?

10. Whats the one place you dream of seeing or thing you want to do in your lifetime?

11. What is the scariest supernatural being?

If you’re still reading this, I’m tagging YOU and I hope that you join in.  Write up a post to tag other people  and remember to link back to this post or put it in my comments to just answer the questions.  I do own a versatile blog *wink* so there are people who drop by from photography, food, writing, book reviews, movie reviews, etc blogs. I know sometimes its sounds awkward to post up one of these random posts about being tagged.  I don’t want to make it like I’m forcing you to do it.  If you think you’ll have fun with this one, then do it. I hope to hear all your awesome answers! I know I’m slightly breaking the rules but hey, just once in a while is acceptable, right? 😉

One Lovely Blog Award..for the Second time!

I’m not exactly sure how this blog goes if I can get it a second time but hey, I always like to show my thanks for others that appreciate my blog.  This time, my thanks goes out to Ddog at Gamerscene.  He puts up some pretty awesome stuff over at his blog with movie reviews and game reviews. He has a few fun segments like Think a Bit Thursdays and Movie Mondays.  There’s plenty more great stuff over there and you definitely should check it out.

one lovely blog award

Now for the rules of this awards:

1. Thank the person that gave the award to you.

2. List seven things about yourself

3. Pass it along to seven others



1. My favorite flavor in soy-based ice cream is maple (in honor of today’s daily prompt that I probably won’t write about).

2. On really bad days, I like to dress up because when I feel prettier, I hope to feel better also.

3. I dream about opening my own bakery one day…even if it seems impossible

4. My idea of success is to be happy everyday surrounded with my loved ones.

5. My next vacation is undetermined but I’m always looking for the next destination

6. My eyes tear up every time I read Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

7. Learning about counter steering in video games has saved me when I slipped on winter roads once. Thank you Need For Speed!

All very random things about me..I really don’t know what else to say.

Lets get to the best part and my favorite and that’s to pass on the love.  Its always a tough decision…so here it goes:

1. Hovercraftdoggy

2. Finding Subjects

3. Laith’s Ramblings

4. This That and Whatever Else I Can Think Of

5. Cinema Parrot Disco

6. Chris Gregory’s Alphathreads

7. Cinemaniac Reviews

These are all fantastic and lovely blogs. If you haven’t dropped by, then you need to go over there and check out their awesomeness!

Thanks again to Ddog for his award nomination!