Both of my parents were educators, so reading was very important in our house.
Especially on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve was a special time for my brother and I. After dinner we'd put on our new warm PJs and mom would come upstairs and read to us 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then we were expected to go to sleep.
No way that ever happened. It was more like they chased us both back upstairs multiple times until we got tired enough to pass out in bed. I actually found out later on in life they'd have family friends come over to help put together our toys. Between that and the drinks, that's why they weren't too happy when we woke them up at 5 AM wanting to see what Santa had left us under the tree.
Because of this, I have a very soft spot in my heart for The Pajama Program. Not only do they give kids warm jammies to wear to bed, Scholastic Book Clubs are their partners. For each pair of PJs you donate, Scholastic matches it with a book. So whether these kids live in a group home or foster home, I can help give them a little of what I had growing up.
I don't do this on my own. It is a service project I have my students help with. This year, we collected for teens, which is the age group that typically gets forgotten about. This year wasn't the largest collection we've ever received, but 31 sets of PJs for both boys and girls is still nothing to sneeze at.
I wish you all a happy holiday, no matter which one you celebrate, and a Happy New Year!!!!