I love discovering new children's books, and when I find a new Christmas book for kids written by a familiar face it's even better. This month's Poppins Book Nook theme is Feasts Around the World, and I found the perfect kid's book that celebrates a Christmas feast while also embracing the true spirit of the season. Put it together with a fun free printable coloring page and you're ready for your own holiday feast!
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Miracle on 133rd Street is a new Christmas book for kids written by Sonia Manzano, better known as Maria from Sesame Street. Miracle on 133rd Street tells the story of Jose and his family. Homesick for Puerto Rico, they find their Christmas roast doesn't fit in the oven. They decide to take it to the pizzeria down the street to use their large oven, and along the way, encounter grumpy neighbors who have lost the spirit of Christmas. As Jose and his dad return home with the delicious smelling cooked roast, something magical happens. The aroma puts everyone in the Christmas spirit, and one by one they join Jose's family for a festive Christmas Eve feast!
Miracle on 133rd Street is heartwarming and filled with the Christmas spirit. At the beginning, you hear all the common complaints about the Christmas season (too crowded! too expensive!) but by the end, you remember and celebrate the true magic and meaning of the season. And all of it is centered on the wonderful Christmas Eve feast.
My boys loved Miracle on 133rd Street, and it got me thinking about our own Christmas feast to come! So I decided we should make some fun placemats to color to get ready for our Christmas meals. I've included them here as a free printable download!
In the spirit of Miracle on 133rd Street, the placemat reminds you to "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry." I recommend printing on card stock, and laminating if you want it to last beyond one meal. Or just print again!
This free printable placemat includes a blank Christmas tree for kids to decorate any way they'd like! Use crayons, markers, or paint - or use stickers to create a fun collage. You can even use it as a play dough mat. So many possibilites!
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