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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Velveteen Rabbit

With Christmas just around the corner and trying to jiggle all that comes with it, the gift wrapping, baking and tree decorating I found myself wishing I could find the time to sit down, prop up my feet and spend time remembering how exciting Christmas was for me as a child.  That was such a magical time.  I remember laying in my bed at night wondering if I had been a "good girl" and if I had, what Santa would bring.  Usually Christmas brought fresh oranges, nuts, ribbon candy and a few toys.  Coming from a large family of 9 children didn't bring a lot of gifts but still the excitement of Christmas and our school Christmas programs was exciting enough.

I never knew about the book The Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams as a child but after I had my own children, I found it at a bookstore and found it so enchanting and charming that I purchased it and read it to my daughter. As the years past I found myself also reading it to my grandchildren.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless tale of friendship, love, acceptance and honesty. When the world seems uncertain, Margery Williams's classic story reminds all of us what really matters. The rabbit's journey through love and loneliness to become who he was really meant to be is a story that inspires us all on our own journey to Real." Amazon

I loved this book for what the "real message" was.  My favorite part of the book was when The Velveteen Rabbit becomes unsure of his worth and if he should even be considered a toy and the answer he receives from his friend, the Skin Horse.  "Real isn't how you are made...It's a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but REALLY loves you, then you become real".  I found this video narrated by Meryl Streep reading my favorite part and wanted to share it with you.  If you haven't read or heard of the book, I hope that you will buy a copy and keep it with all your treasured books.  It sends a wonderful message to not only children but to adults as well.

We will be heading to the Dallas/Ft Worth Texas area to spend Christmas with daughter and grandkids, Gemma and Asher so I won't be posting until after Christmas.  I wanted to take this time to wish all of you who read my blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Your comments mean a great deal to me and I hope that the Christmas season brings you much joy, good will and happiness.

Enjoy the video!

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