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President's Message for Nov. & Dec. 2010

Lynne WaiheeFrom Lynne Waihee

What is the most precious gift a parent can give a child? TIME! This holiday season, take time to read aloud to your child and create special memories and traditions which your child can likewise pass on to his/her children.

What traditions do you have?

In England, a tradition on Christmas Eve is reading to the children a favorite classic, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. The reading is followed by the children’s writing a letter to Father Christmas with their wishes and tossing “their letter into the fire so their wishes can go up to the chimney. After the children fall asleep on Christmas Eve, Father Christmas comes to visit, . . . fill(ing) the children’s stockings with candies and small toys.”

Why not find a favorite Christmas story and read it aloud to your child every year on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? In this issue, the RTM staff share some of their favorite Christmas titles. You may find one there or find one on your own.

For older children, you may also want to share the letter which was published in The New York Times in 1897 which answered the question, “Is there really a Santa Claus?”  The essay, “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,” is still as inspiring today as the day it was first published. See if you don’t agree.

Parents and educators can find interesting holiday crafts and activities by going online. There’s even a site which gives suggestions for Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza activities. Best of all, they are free.

This season, forget all the fancy electronics and videos. Invest in books instead, and make readers of your children. You just may raise children with creativity and a love of reading!

Happy holidays and happy reading!