Holiday Video: I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas

Okay, if you liked Larry Rapchak’s rendition of the Mel Blanc Christmas song a couple of posts back, you’re gonna love this video interpretation of Stan Freberg’s 1955 classic song “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas” — featuring probably the most obnoxious yet hilarious 8 year old ever. This is a hoot! Thanks, Larry! (Oh, did I mention that Larry is also the music director for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra?)

Christmas Every Day – Great Audio Story!

Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells (MP3 audio)

This is definitely one of the funniest, laugh out loud, classic short stories you’ll ever hear. We guarantee the kids will love it. While this story, which originally appeared in St. Nicholas Magazine in the 1890s, is about Christmas, it is not exactly a Christmas story… it is more about unintended consequences and what might happen if wishes really did come true, and how some things – like Christmas – can be a bit overdone (you think?). A sheer delight for the whole family – HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Length: 14 minutes, MP3 Audio

To download this MP3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!


Holiday Video: A Christmas Dream (1945)

In this wild and wonderful stop-motion animation Christmas short made in Czechloslovakia in 1945, a little girl dreams that her dolls and toys have come to life. If it doesn’t weird you out completely, you’ll love it.

The Pearl Story Book – Winter, Christmas & New Year’s Tales


A wonderful vintage collection of classic stories, poems and folk legends of Winter, Christmas and New Year’s Day – perfect for reading aloud during this month and next.

From the introduction: “Once upon a time,” in the winter season suggests happy, young faces grouped about a blazing fire. A heavy snowstorm promises plenty of sport for tomorrow, but at present the coziness indoors is very attractive, especially now that the evening story hour is at hand. And while the story-teller is slowly choosing his subjects he hears the children’s impatient whispers of “The Snow Man,” “Prince Winter,” “The Legend of Holly,” “The Animals’ Christmas Tree.”

Silence! The story-teller turns his eyes from the glowing fire to the faces of his eager audience. He is ready to begin.

Each season of the year opens a treasury of suggestion for stories. In the beauty and wonder of nature are excellent themes for tales which quicken children’s interest in the promise of joyous springtime, in the rich pageantry of ripening summer, in the blessings of generous autumn, and in the merry cheer of grim old winter.

A wonderful variety of poems and readings for story telling!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.


Amazing Science Stunts

Ready for some fast moving science fun? Here are three delightful videos from full of some great science tricks (…er, since this is a homeschooling site, let’ call themĀ  science “experiments”) you can do to thoroughly impress your family and friends at holiday get-togethers this year. Have fun!

Build a Paper Doll Nativity Scene

Here’s a great set of PDF printable for creating your own paper Nativity scene for the Christmas season, from This set of downloads is a freebie, and looks like lots of fun. (There are lots of other paper projects on their site, some freebies and some paid, so look around a bit and see what else you can find.)

Click here to go to the download page!