What I’m reading until Christmas, decorations, and other happenings this week…

Because Christmas is among us and I’m still not ready, this week has been madness. I’ve still managed to squeeze in some reading, but won’t likely be posting much over the next week. I thought I’d do just a quick post to share what I’m reading right now (including some of the children’s books we’re reading), and other happenings this week.

So, I just finished The Forbidden last night. I enjoyed it and you can see that review HERE.


I also finished One Day in December, but haven’t reviewed it yet. I didn’t really enjoy it that much and it turned out to be just okay. Totally in the minority with this one. It just wasn’t what I expected and not my kind of book.


I started Keeping Lucy late last night and could barely put it down. I think this book is going to be a 2018 favorite. It’s been a little excruciating for me and I’m feeling a lot of emotion. So far, Ginny’s baby (Lucy) is born and the doctors tell her the baby has a horrible form of down syndrome, one which they say will likely take her life within a few years. Her husband feels they need to put her in a special home to protect the family. He feels it’s best; Ginny doesn’t. A few years later when reports surface that the ‘school’ where Lucy lives isn’t safe anymore parents begin to file lawsuits, and Ginny wants to get Lucy back.

I’m at roughly 20% and will likely finish it today. Go pick this up on NetGalley if it sounds like one you’ll enjoy.


I’ve started A Christmas Carol and also The Night Before Christmas. These are in the Penguin Classic’s set that I purchased this year. Really happy to have this collection.

My family loves Jan Brett, so I grabbed this Christmas Treasury for the kids to read over Christmas. Originally, I planned for this to go under our Christmas tree for a family gift, but I couldn’t wait and wanted to add it to our Christmas reads for this week.


It’s so beautiful and fairly cheap on Amazon. This would make a wonderful gift for the child in your life. It contains seven stories: The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. 


Here’s one we picked up from Barnes last week: DK’s An Anthology of Intriguing Animals.


My two youngest daughters love it. There are scads of animals shared with just a short little paragraph or two of facts for each animal. It’s a simple read they love cuddling up with. This would also make a wonderful gift for young readers this Christmas.

We are also reading Tilly and the Book Wanderers (Pages & Co.), and The Wild Robot.

I’ve been reading many children’s picture books with my youngest including: The Polar Express, Santa’s Snow Kitten, Jingle BellsThe Little Match Girl, and a new one we picked up, The Little Reindeer. The Little Reindeer is a favorite which we’ll keep in our collection. I highly recommend this one for a gift as well.

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We made our Christmas cookies to pass out this week. Despite the added stress, it was so worth it. We were able to sit down and socialize with everyone as we delivered them. It turned out to be wonderful. We made baklava, chocolate chip, and a simple sugar cookies this year.

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We added these cute cards from Barnes. Cards are half off this week!


We are enjoying the decorations…


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We made some fun ornaments…



What do you guys have going on this week? Are you ready for Christmas? Feel free to chat with me below.

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From my family to yours, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

❤💚❤ Mischenko

59 thoughts on “What I’m reading until Christmas, decorations, and other happenings this week…

    1. Really!? That actually makes me feel better. I thought I was crazy because all my Goodread’s friends absolutely loved it, so I bought it! I didn’t hate it, but it was just okay. I didn’t feel a whole lot when reading it, that’s for sure.

      Loving the Penguin set and highly recommend. Thank you for your sweet comments and Merry Christmas! ❤💚❤

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  1. Candace Peterson

    Loved your tree. The ceramic one with the light-bright colored pegs reminded me of the one my grandmother use to have. Fond memories. The cookies and baklava looked delicious. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Candace! That is the exact reason why I purchased this vintage ceramic tree. My grandmother had one too (when I was growing up), and I used to get so excited to see it every year. I’ve tried to replicate those decorations. This tree is quite larger than hers, but the bell spray is the exact same one. The light twinkles
      on and off. Just love to decorate at Christmas. Thanks for sharing your story! I think that’s so neat. Merry Christmas! ❤🎄❤🎅

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  2. Oh my goodness you have been busy! The books look very interesting, although I remember reading The Little Match Girl when I was a child and I cried so much at the end that my grandmother would not let me read it again. Your decorations are beautiful and your food looks delicious and your tree is gorgeous. I wish you and your family a beautiful and blessed Christmas. Thank you for all the support this past year. Looking forward to more blog posts from you in 2019!

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    1. Aww! I know what you mean. Yes, The Little Match Girl gets to me whenever I read it. It makes my kids sad too, but we read it every year. I feel like the moral of it is so important though.

      Thanks so much for your sweet words, Vanessa! I appreciate your support as well. Definitely looking forward to 2019. Happy holidays, friend! ❤🎄🎅😘

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  3. Looking forward to reading your review of One Day in December, Mischenko, since we tend to have similar feelings about books others rave about. I’m particularly interested in your viewpoint since I haven’t read it yet.

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    1. Hi, Laurie! Yes, it was just okay. It felt drawn out to me and I didn’t have much emotion throughout. I thought it would be a bit more Christmassy, but there’s years in between. You may love it! So many do. We all have out own tastes though. 💚❤💚 Merry Christmas!

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  4. starjustin

    Magnificent Christmas post! I love the pics! The illustrations in the children’s books are really nice. Christmas is so close and happens just too quick for me anymore. Enjoy the holiday! 🎄💕

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  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love Jan Brett and did not know there was a treasury of her stories. I will need to get that one for my grandkids. I loved your cookies, decorations and the tree, amazing!

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  7. I just finished reading One Day in December, too! Totally cheesy, right? I’m embarrassed to admit I enjoyed it & even felt a bit of emotion when they finally ended up together. 😛

    That Penguin Classic’s Set is gorgeous!! The treats look so yummy & all of the decorations in your home looked so nice!!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! For me it was just a bit drawn out and not what I expected. I didn’t feel the connection with them very much and I was surprised it took the whole book to finally get there lol. I didn’t hate it though. Thanks, Hunida! Hope you had a Merry Christmas! ❤💚❤

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      1. Aww. I felt their connection but, I agree– I hated how drawn out a lot of events were. Especially the wedding scene! I almost threw the book because I wanted it to be over with so bad!

        I hope you had a merry Christmas, too, Mischenko!! ❤

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  8. What a wonderful post! My grandmother gave me one of those ceramic Christmas tree with the little lights on each branch. A few years ago when I went to get it out of storage, it had cracked.
    I love all of your photos! The wild robot was a super cute book! Happy Holidays!❤️⛄️🎄🥰

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    1. How cool! I’ve heard that a lot this week. The ceramic trees used to be so popular and we still love them today. The bad thing is that they crack so easy! Ugh

      Thank you! We are loving the book. Happy New Year! ❤💚❤

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