Music Monday: Pearl Jam “Indifference” #MusicMonday #PearlJam #Music

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last time I shared:

Coldplay “Christmas Lights”

Today’s share:

Pearl Jam

“Indifference”

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Music Monday: Coldplay “Christmas Lights” #ChristmasLights #MusicMonday #Christmas #Music

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last time I shared:

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

Today’s share:

Coldplay

Christmas Lights

I was thinking about this song on Christmas when it was in the 50s with no snow, a far cry from what it was like last year and the year before. Growing up next to Lake Michigan, we rarely didn’t have snow on Christmas. Luckily, it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.

It’s still Christmas in our household today. We have friends coming for our annual get together, and that will be the final Christmas celebration of 2019. Following the Russian Orthodox Christmas schedule, I’ll keep up the decor until January 7th which is also my grandmother Tatiana’s birthday.

I’m hoping to fight off the ‘end of christmas’ depression as the new year rolls in. It happens to me every year because this truly is my favorite time of the year! I overheard at least three people complaining while shopping this year about how they couldn’t wait until Christmas was over because they really hate this time of year. It made me sad and I wondered: will I be like that one day? I hope I won’t…Anyway, I’m really looking forward to 2020 though and feeling very positive about the new year.

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! ❤

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Book Review: The Illustrated History of the Snowman by Bob Eckstein #BookReview #20booksforChristmas #Snowman

The Illustrated History of the Snowman

By Bob Eckstein

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My thoughts:

I don’t know what it is that’s so fascinating about snowmen, but just like scarecrows, they captured my heart as a child and I’ve loved them ever since. We draw them, decorate with them, make snowman Christmas cookies, watch them on TV, and build them outdoors the first chance we get. So when this book was staring at me at the bookstore, there was no leaving it behind. I knew my family would enjoy it, and we surely have for the past two winter seasons.

“Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing one snowball atop another and then sticking a carrot in the top sphere?”

The author set out on a quest to find out who made the very first snowman. Here in this book he presents all of his extensive (over seven year) research on the history of the snowman. It goes way back in time all the way to the dark ages. The book is somewhat of a snowman ‘encyclopedia’–chock-full of beautiful photos from around the world, which I’ll admit was my favorite aspect of the book. There’s so much to learn here though: world records including the largest and smallest snowman, snowmen in pop culture (my favorite: the Burl Ives snowman from the original children’s special), snowman festivals, appearances of snowmen with historical figures and even wars, how they’re celebrated in other cultures, use in art and politics, and fun little facts about snowmen that are sure to surprise you.

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We had no idea just how much historical background the snowman actually had! It was nostalgic for me in many ways, especially looking at some of the old vintage snowman ornaments and decorations from the past. We also loved the fun facts.

“Average number of calories burned, per hour, building a snowman: 238”

If you like snowmen, definitely give this book a try. My whole family has enjoyed it, including the children. My only wish is that the organization were different; it would be nice in chronological order. There are a few parts that are quite offensive too, but it’s fairly easy to skip over those. It’s good to be aware of that if you’re viewing this with young children.

This book is one to revisit over and over again.

4****

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Book Review: The Journey of Joseph Winter by John Anthony #BookReview #20booksforChristmas #Christmas #ReadingChallenge

The Journey of Joseph Winter

by John Anthony

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My thoughts:

This story begins with Geraldine, an older woman who brings all of her family–children and grandchildren–together to share a story none of them have ever heard: the story of her brother, Joseph Winter.

“The mind of a child is one of the places all adults wish to exist again. Only there, surrounded by youthful innocence, do dreams never disappear.”

Joseph has been living his life with regret, missing out on all the possible joy in his life. As a child he said something to his mother that he’s never been able take back, and it’s haunted him for what feels like forever. When a mysterious package arrives at his door, he has no idea what’s in store for him. Then a stranger appears and takes Joseph on a journey by train toward the North Pole where he revisits old memories, meets some very special people (including a sweet, young boy named Max), and in turn learns what it means to forgive.

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