Hello to all my followers on my blog. Many months have come and gone since I have updated you, but I am back for this round of merriment. Halloween has passed, Remembrance day was memorable, and soon, my friends south of the border will be celebrating their Thanksgiving on November 22nd. Meanwhile, up here in Canada, my jolly season has already started. Last week we all went to our favorite movie theatre and took in the new Grinch movie. It was awesome!
We have our outdoor lights up and lit, our tree is up, and waiting to be decorated, and my Grinch is standing loud and proud at my front door to greet everyone who comes a calling. This happened yesterday.
Today, we are having our Santa Clause parade here in Winnipeg!
....and one of our local radio stations has just declared 24 hour Christmas Music! Click here to listen live!
With all this happening so fast, I didn't want to miss out on the newest Seasons of Reading Christmas Spirit Readathon. This readathon is a laid back and relaxing thon with not many rules. The host of this readathon is Michelle Miller who works tirelessly for all of us who share the same love of reading. The #CSreadathon runs from Monday, November 19 at 12:00am CST until Sunday, December 2 at 11:59pm CST. If you haven't joined yet, you still have time. You can do so here. I encourage you to do so. It is a fun time to be had by all.
Just as a fun addition to this Readathon, you can also join the #ChristmasSpirit #ReadingChallenge. As usual, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies. Levels are described as such:
--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)
Of course I am definitely going for the Christmas Tree level. I am very ambitious. But it doesn't always translate into actual reading time. The Challenge runs a little longer than the Readathon. The challenge will run from Monday, November 19, 2018 through Sunday, January 6, 2019 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany). This will be a fantastic holiday time for all to be had.
On another note, my son has opted to go a different route this holiday season, and will be joining my lovely wife Diane in a different Harry Potter themed readathon. This one is hosted by Book Roast and is being called a Magical Readathon, Christmas at Hogwarts.
This one is a kind of "choose your own adventure" with books. It looks like a lot of work and thought went into this readathon as well, so if you are a Potter fan, check this one out. See the map :
Some of my favorite prompts in this readathon are:
Readathon prompts: Finish your coursework - finish your current read
Help Hagrid decorate the trees - book with a golden detail H
Sneak into the kitchen to gift Dobby odd socks - read that has an item of clothing on the cover
Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library - read a banned book
Attend the Christmas Feast - watch a Harry Potter movie (optional)
You can learn all about it here! Magical Readathon.
Even if you choose not to partake in the fun, I hope you spend time leading up to the holidays doing what you love to do. Until next time! Happy Reading!