Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16

Night Tree
by Eve Bunting
illustrated by Ted Rand

Family traditions are so important. They instill culture, values, and meaning to our lives, binding us together with our parents and siblings. The family in this lovely book always spends Christmas Eve with "their tree", in the woods at the edge of town. They decorate the tree with edibles for the woodland creatures, such as strings of popcorn, apple ornaments, and sunflower seed balls. Even though it is cold and dark, the family sits on a blanket admiring the tree, drinking hot chocolate, and singing carols. It is a humble and quiet tradition, in the midst of the typical Christmas hustle and bustle. Beautiful.

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