Category: Christmas


“Oh, no! I forgot Mrs. So-and-so.” Yes, I’ve said that before. Bet you have, too. Or, “Mom, I need a gift for a party I’m going to.” You’ve heard that, haven’t you? Many years ago I thought it was weird that my mother had a… Continue Reading “LAST-MINUTE GIFTS”

Goodnight, Manger-PB Review

Another Christmas Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. Goodnight, Manger is Laura Sassi’s take on the first Christmas. It was illustrated by Jane Chapman and published in 2015 by Zonderkidz. This board book is sturdy enough to last for years through several sets… Continue Reading “Goodnight, Manger-PB Review”


I’m baking. The wonderful aromas of spices, vanilla & chocolates fill my house. My kitchen is a big mess with flour & sugar everywhere. Chocolate chips & sprinkles decorate my island. My little freezer is bulging with the goodies I’m making to share with… Continue Reading “Celebrate!”

The Christmas Story-PB Review

Another Christmas Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. The Christmas Story was published by Worthy Kids/Ideals in 2005. It was written by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Wendy Edelson. This is definitely a Christian presentation of the Christmas story. The first page… Continue Reading “The Christmas Story-PB Review”


I opened a PINTEREST account more than a year ago. Then promptly ignored it. I’ll bet you’ve done something similar before, too. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to revisit, learn, conquer the beast. I’m glad I did. Now… Continue Reading “MY PINTEREST”

Advent Calendars

My blogosphere friend, Tez Brooks, has some words of encouragement about using Advent Calendars with your children. You’ll find them here.

The Baby King – PB Reveiw

Another Christmas Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. Last week I reviewed an ARCH Christmas book and couldn’t give it my thumbs up. But I must say their 2017 book, The Baby King, is a big improvement. The Baby King was written by… Continue Reading “The Baby King – PB Reveiw”

C is for Christmas

Another Christmas picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall C is for Christmas was written by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Louise Hargreaves. Little Lamb Books (AKA “the publisher of my book to be released soon”) released it in 2018 a few days… Continue Reading “C is for Christmas”

One Small Donkey-PB Review

Another Christmas Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall One Small Donkey: A Christmas Story was written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens. It was published by Tommy Nelson in 2016. Dandi Daley Mackall has created an adorable story that… Continue Reading “One Small Donkey-PB Review”

Where Jesus Slept — PB Review

Another Christmas Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. Where Jesus Slept was written by Norma Lewis and illustrated by Katy Hudson. It was published in 2016 by Worthy Kids/Ideals. This is also definitely a Christian Christmas book. It begins by quoting Luke 2:10B-11,… Continue Reading “Where Jesus Slept — PB Review”

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