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Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities

Choose your own color santa suit- Milk Carton Santas. One of many ways to tie Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas into classroom activities.

Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities is so much fun! We have lots of ways to spark the imagination with this book by encouraging creativity in art, writing, and oral expression! –At home, or in a read aloud classroom or library setting!  Please see our classroom page here for a growing list of ideas of how to enrich your classrooms with our book.

Meanwhile here are a few thoughts:

  • After reading the book and finding out that there is no longer Milk and Cookies, but instead Tea and Honey, introduce a Tea and Honey Party. It can be as formal or as informal as you like. Bring a variety of teas, maybe some more traditional and a couple of holiday blends, along with some honey. Then expose kids to traditions and tastes of other cultures of which they may be unfamiliar.
  • Initiate a Christmas Caroling activity. After reading the book and talking about funny sounding carolers, discuss the practice of Christmas Caroling. Choose some songs. Make them funny if you wish. Go around to other classrooms and sing carols.
  • In a group setting following a read aloud there are many topics of discussion that could be focused upon in verbal format and then flowed into a writing assignment if desired. (Most of these could also be presented in front of the class as well.)
    • What details are in the drawings that that aren’t mentioned in the story? (Hint- hunt for Matches the Mouse!!)
      What other zany and wacky things that could go wrong with Christmas if Santa’s suit were purple?
      What other things could have happened instead? Like could the milk and cookies be turned into carrots and celery? Why or why not? Could the candy canes be chocolate or sour instead of burnt? Would it have been a problem to change the story because of the rhyming?
      Launch for a theme of show and tell – bringing in their favorite holiday book, other books with Santa, or anything else related.
      Talk about cause and effect – consequences; how things relate, how this one change morphed Christmas, and how doing one thing differently day to day might have different effects in our own lives.
      Read the original The Night Before Christmas story (or any other version) and have a compare and contrast discussion
  • Art Projects galore! Have them do an art project of any kind to illustrate any idea of a zany, wacky Christmas. Use your own zany imagination-this book can spark all kinds of artistic expression and creativty.
    • Santas with suits of a different color. Almost any normal Santa project you do can be converted into a purple  Or better yet, you could let the kids express themselves and let them choose what color they want their Santa to be.
    • Similarly, blueberry blue reindeer might be fun! Or let them choose their own fun color.
    • Upside down snowmen and trees of all kinds. Any project you might normally do with snowmen or trees could be done upside down. One I like is the Name Snowmen. Just put the face and hat one on the bottom upside down.
    • Art and Writing worksheets, like “If I were a Zany Wacky Reindeer, I would…” Download: Zany wacky reindeer worksheet.  Please see the classroom page for more ideas; as well as that is where we will be posting new ones.Worksheet to go with Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas available hardback, kindle or via Interactive Touchbooks app.

2nd award for Santa’s (Zany Wacky Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas announced today

Check out Santa's purple suit and funny elves in our book! Finalist USA Book Awards Children's Picture Book - www.purplesantasuit.com

USA Best Book Awards! Another award for Santa’s Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas………..just announced today. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
http://www.usabooknews.com/2014awardannouncement.html

 Celebrate with us!!  Get your copies now………free shipping!

In case you were wondering what the first award was, it was the Gold Medal in the Holiday category for Moonbeam Children’s book awards last month. http://www.moonbeamawards.com/51/winners/winners-2014

Gold Medal Winner Holiday Category- www.purplesantasuit.com "Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Photo Contest Christmas 2014- Santa’s Zany, Wacky!

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Photo Contest Christmas 2014 www.purplesantasuit.com

Boasting our purple Santa hats!

Enter our photo contest Christmas 2014 for Santa’s Zany Wacky ideas. So just how zany and wacky can you get this Christmas?? We want to see your photos! Do you decorate your house in some unusual way? Dress up?  Dress up your pets? Do you have a purple Christmas tree? Do you do something unusual while preparing for Christmas? Do you read holiday stories in an unusual way or place? Do you wear ugly Christmas sweaters? Purple santa hats? Elf outfits? Reindeer antlers on your car? Send us your pics, with our book someplace in it, and you will be entered. Not that wacky? Then take just a picture of you or your kid(s) reading a copy of “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas, in a normal, cool, or unusual place or way. Whatever it is, we want to see it! Start getting wacky! Or not……..and just show us you love the book. 🙂

Photo Contest Christmas 2014 Rules:

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter (photos of people must be of yourself, or you may send photo of someone younger, but please include your relationship to anyone under 18)

Photo must include a copy of the book Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas somewhere in photograph

Send copy of photo via email to info@purplesantasuit.com

Include your Name, email address so we may contact you for further information should you win.

Photos may be posted on this website, Facebook, or Pinterest, and by submitting photo you acknowledge that we may use that photo on those sites. (Click to see where photos may be posted on sites: Facebook-or- Pinterest)

Limit of 2 photo entries per email address.

Prizes- (Prizes will only be awarded if there are 25 entries or more)

Judged photo Winner $50.00 cash

Random drawing winner – Autographed copy of the book for your collection.

Contest closes December 15, 2014

 

 

 

Books turning up…..

Today is my daughter’s birthday.  And I seriously don’t know ANYONE who loves books more than she. So in honor of her I am writing about books.

I came across this great quote the other day. It had me pondering. ” Books are like people, in that they’ll turn up in your life when you need them most.” — Emma Thompson

I think there is a lot of truth to that.  Many times in my life I have gone searching for a book to help me with something.  It could be about how to solve a relationship problem, health issue, or even how to learn to do something.  I’m often in love with cookbooks which often help me solve the age old question about what is for dinner.  But I really have loved it when books have just found their way to me.  Sometimes it is a book that answers one of those same questions I’ve been wondering about.  But sometimes it is more like it fits a mood.  Sometimes I just need an excuse for a good cry.  Sometimes I need to laugh or giggle.  Maybe I’ve just needed an escape from reality for a little while.  Lots of books are fun.  Maybe my new book, “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas” will turn up for someone at the right time.  Maybe it will make a great Christmas present.  Maybe it will get a child talking or laughing when they’ve been struggling.  I know I’ve received numerous emails about my first book, “We’re Having A Tuesday” turning up for folks at the most interesting times…….often helping reach kids when nothing else would.  I just love books.  I love how they can really entertain us when we need it.  I love how they can help us with answers when we need that.  Books are fun.  Do you have a favorite book that turned up at just the right time?  What was it?  Why was it the perfect time?  I would love your feedback in the comments section!