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Grinchmas!!

Monday, December 11, 2017 BookBairn Blog 23 Comments


It's that time of year when everyone starts to get excited, snow may start tumbling from the sky, trees are adorned with lights and you can hear the bells and songs of Christmas chiming everywhere. And yet... some people say "bah-humbug". I don't think Daddy BookBairn will mind me saying that he's a bit of a Grinch for much of this time of year: he hates getting the decorations out of the loft, he hates the shops being so busy and the seasonal commuters, he hates the pressure of buying gifts, he hates Christmas cards and wrapping presents. But he does love watching BookBairn enjoy Christmas - because that's what Christmas is really about. It's about meeting up with friends and family, it's about being amongst our loved ones.

When your #bookpost matches your jumper choice.

And deep down, I think that's what the story of The Grinch is all about. It tells the story of the Grinch who lives on the outskirts of Who-ville who hates Christmas: hates the noise, the feasting, the singing. So one year he decides to stop Christmas from coming. He dresses as Father Christmas, and dresses his dog as a reindeer, and sneaks down all the chimneys in Who-ville removing all the presents, stockings, turkeys and even the trees, until not a trace of Christmas is left. He even took the log from the fire! And yet the next morning, when he listens for the crying he expects, he hears merry singing. How can that be?

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more."

The Grinch, full of regret, finds his heart grows three sizes that day he returns all the toys, turkey and trimmings and joins in the festivities. Maybe Christmas isn't so bad after all?

But, for me this story, isn't just a tale about finding merriness in our family and friends this festive season. It's also about noticing the outsider. It's about making sure no one is left out. Every year we donate to our local Toy Drive which gives Christmas gifts and food hampers to those considered most in need in our local community. Nobody should be without a stocking, food and family on Christmas day (or any other day for that matter).

So to all the Grinches out there: join in the singing. And to the rest of us: let's help them feel welcomed.

To celebrate the Grinch turning 60 this year we have a copy to give away!!

*UPDATE* This competition is now closed and the winner has been notified!
***We have a copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to give away. If you would like to win a copy please comment below with your least favourite part of Christmas. (Additional entries will be available so keep an eye out by following us on TwitterInstagram and on Facebook.) UK residents only please. Competition closes Friday 15.12.17. ***

Happy Grinchmas!
Mummy and BookBairn xx



*DISCLAIMER* I was given our book for free for review purposes, however, all words and opinions are my own. 



23 comments:

  1. My least favourite part is tidying up all the wrapping paper all the time! Seems to be a constant battle of me vs paper!

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    1. Oh I don't mind that too much - though our paper recycling bin is always oevrflowing with wrapping and cardboard this time of year!

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  2. My least favourite part is the washing up after all the cooking! Hopefully the husband will oblige me this year as he's been working away for most of December so I'm definitely deserving of a break!

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  3. My least favourite part is trying to go to sleep on Christmas Eve but i am 9 so i suppose that's a given. Mummy's least favourite part is having to take all the Christmas decorations down and Daddy's least favourite is all the washing up after Christmas dinner!! :-O Megan N

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    1. Hahah! I don't much like falling asleep on Christmas Eve either!

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  4. My least favourite part of Christmas is washing up after the Christmas dinner!! My husband is definitely the Grinch in this house! #readwithme

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    1. Haha! Washing up is not a popular task! Poor Mr Mamamummymum!

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  5. There’s definitely a wee bit of the grinch in me. I absolutely hate wrapping presents because I’m hopeless at it.

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  6. This anniversary copy of The Grinch is absolutely beautiful!

    Author / illustrator Duncan Beedie has chosen The Grinch as his favourite Christmas book for today's Story Snug Advent post.

    #ReadWithMe

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    1. I'll pop over and check out his post! Such a beautiful edition!

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  7. My least favourite part is either writing Christmas cards or people who get excited about it too early. Tree up in November? No thank you!

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    1. Argh - writing cards! I'm with you - wait for December for the tree. But I am compulsively organised so I do get excited early and try to get all the shopping done before the shops get too busy!

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  8. My least favourite part is taking all the decorations down, wrapping them and storing them - the house looks so bare and all the dust and grime, you know, the "it's not worth cleaning properly with all this stuff in the way" build up makes it look dingier than ever.

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    1. I hate that too! I quite like a tidy house afterwards though!

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  9. Ooh tough question! I think my least favourite part of Christmas is trying to get all the extra jobs done (decisions, cards, shopping) around everyday life - the just never seems to be enough time! #readwithme

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    1. So many extra jobs! My to do list is so long this time of year!

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  10. The stress of making sure you don't forget anything

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  11. I love Christmas- I'm more excited than the bairns, but I do hate shopping centre car parks in the dark and ice with grumpy drivers and frustrated shoppers.

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  12. I have to admit this is a Christmas book I've never read. I like the sound of the message in it. #readwithme

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