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Christmas Book Review – How Santa lost his Job

Merry Christmas from Blue Sandpiper Imprints, home of Grendel’s Great Escape Children’s App. I added a 2nd book this month, it is Christmas after all & there are so many good Christmas books out there, I just couldn’t resist. Plus it will give the kids something to read, Consider it my gift to you.

How Santa lost his Job by Stephen Krensky  illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Santa lost his job

How Santa lost his job
Book Review by M.Anaya
Blue Sandpiper Imprints

This follow-up to ‘How Santa got his job’ is just as entertaining and interesting. In this economy with it’s ups & downs this is a very relevant story, about how Santa was slow to change with the times so the Elves found a way to modernise & maximize production. They build a fantastic machine ‘The deliverator’ that meets all their delivery needs but soon discovers that it lacks the personal touch and know how that only Santa can supply. Yes, it has a happy ending, and is written in a fun and upbeat way that kids will love. With so many children in families facing layoffs and the lifestyle changes it brings, this is a great read for not only Christmas but for anytime of the year.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Did Christmas swoop in earlier this year? Although 2012 was filled with it’s share of challenges, it seemed to have sped by rather quickly. Christmas is the favorite holiday for many (including me). Unlike other holidays, it’s not just a day, it’s an entire season filled with good cheer, fun, festivities & some snow if you’re lucky. I’ve researched all the professional light displays in town, Christmas tree lighting & even found a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink. It’s uplifting to drive thru the neighborhoods and see the twinkling light wrapped trees & icicle lights draped along the roofs. Then there’s the shopping, Christmas parties & shows – The non stop fun continues right until New Years day. If you’re entertaining this year or have surprise visitors pop by, here’s a quick easy punch to serve up.

Kid friendly Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds or raspberries

1 (2)liter bottle of sprite or ginger ale (substitute for white wine or champagne)

two bottles sparkling grape juice

3 tablespoons sugar

1 cup diced fresh pineapple (1/2 inch)

1 cup pomegranate juice


Kid friendly holiday punch – add in Champagne or Sparkling White Wine for cocktails

In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice. Add the sparkling white grape juice & sprite or ginger ale, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds or raspberries. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

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