The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Book Review

night before the night before christmas book reviewTitle: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

Author: Jay Dee

Illustrator: Darren Geers

Genre: Children’s Christmas

Publisher: Kraine Kreative

Release Date: November 3, 2014

Format: Paperback

Pages: 32 pages

About the Book:

At Santa’s workshop, the night before the night before Christmas is hardly a time to rest. The elves work tirelessly to get the final toys made before Christmas Eve, but Elfie just can’t keep pace. He spends too much time making his toys perfect, and when Santa comes to check on production, everyone is surprised by his reaction.

AmazonMy Review:

It was the illustrations that sucked me into The Night Before the Night Before Christmas.  I was sent a few samples before I ever read the story and they were so whimsical and colorful I decided I had to read it.

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See What I Mean?

Once I read the story, though, I was completely hooked!!  It’s sweet and simple, with a nod towards the true meaning of Christmas.

I give The Night Before the Night Before Christmas four and a half stars.  It’s a ready-made classic your family will want to read and re-read for many Christmases to come.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights Review

umpqua valley festival of lightsOver Thanksgiving weekend, Art and I went back up to Oregon to visit his parents.  One of the things they were most excited to show us while we were there was the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights in nearby Roseburg.

We were really not sure what to expect, as the only description we were given was that the festival boasts the world’s largest nutcracker.  But we were game, so the Saturday after Thanksgiving we loaded up in the car and drove to Roseburg.

Art’s dad wanted us to drive the backroads, since the festival takes place in River Forks Park, on the far west of town.  Unfortunately, he did not quite remember how to get there, so we got  a tiny bit lost before we turned on the GPS and got back on track 😉

Upon entering the park, we turned  into the first driveway because it had a cute lighted display:

umpqua valley festival of lightsIt turned out we had arrived at the Holiday Village, a cute little house that is run each week of the festival by a different charitable organization.  Entry to the Holiday Village is free, but donations are graciously accepted.  There was a line to see Santa, nutcrackers handing out free cookies and hot cider,  nutcracker ornaments for sale, and a wonderful display of all different kinds of Santas.  On the way out, we were asked to pause and watch the light display on the front lawn, which changes with the music.

After leaving the Holiday Village we finally made it to the entrance for the Festival of Lights:

umpqua valley festival of lightsThe entrance fee is only $10 a car.  Proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Roseburg for their charitable scholarships and community projects.  When you pay, the attendant will tell you which station to tune your car radio for music that accompanies the light displays.

Here were some of our favorites:

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As an alternative to driving the route in your car, there is also the option take a horsedrawn wagon ride through  the display. Cost is $5 per person.

My photos do not at all do this event justice. Art and I both thought the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights was AMAZING!!! It was a great kickoff to the Christmas season.

For more information, visit the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights website.