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The Kerby's E-Newsletter for December 22, 2016   

There are so many fun things to do at Christmas, like eat gingerbread houses.
Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, isn't it? Baking cookies, driving around to look at Christmas lights, visiting Santa. Whatever your favorite traditions are, there are lots fun things to do to get into the spirit of the season. One of the things that we always look forward to is getting out the box of Christmas books. We have the classics, like Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Grinch, and other fun stories like The Littlest Snowman and Gingerbread Pirates, and they are all fun to read, especially since we only have them out at this time of the year. One of my favorites to read to the girls, though, is The Polar Express. It's such a great story about believing in the spirit of Christmas.

In the story, the little boy takes a trip on The Polar Express to the North Pole and is chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas. He knew he could ask for anything he wanted, but instead of toys and games, he asked simply for a bell from Santa's sleigh. Once back home, he and his sister could hear the bell, but his parents couldn't. He finishes the story by telling us that over the years, the bell fell silent for most of his friends, and even his sister couldn't hear it one year. He, however, continues to hear it, even as he grows old.

Do you still believe in Christmas?
I think the story is my favorite because our girls are starting to get older and we know that the question 'Is Santa Real?' will be coming soon. Actually, now that I think about it, Abby has asked, but since she's still young, we've turned it around to her and asked if she thought Santa was real. We know we'll have to answer it truthfully someday, but I think what we really hope is that the existence (or non-existence) of one jolly old elf doesn't change their belief in the spirit of Christmas. Christmas is a time for giving, for being merry, for spending time with family and extending a hand to those who are struggling through the season. It's a spirit we should carry with us all year long and as we read (and re-read) The Polar Express, I hope the girls are inspired to always hear the bell and never let its sweet sound fade. To hold the Christmas spirit in their hearts all year and help spread that joy to others.

From the Kerby's Nursery family to yours, we wish you the Happiest of Christmases. May all of your days be Merry and Bright and may you always hear the sweet sound of Santa's sleigh bell.

Merry Christmas,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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