Sunday, November 27, 2016

The 12 Joys of Christmas by Thomas Seibold Will Delight and Warm Your Heart This Holiday Season (Review)

Disclosure: I  was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

"This book is as lovely to display as it is magical to read."

This is my favorite time of year. I used to loved Christmas growing up, but now love it more getting to see my own children celebrate it.  I love seeing them get excited about Santa and seeing all the Christmas lights on houses and trees around town.  But, the best part for me is spending quality time with them, watching holiday movies or reading books with them, snuggled up on the couch under a warm blanket.  

I love when I read a book to the girls that reminds me of things or memories of my childhood.  We all love the famous "12 Days of Christmas".  There are so many versions -- some corny and some that make you wish the song didn't go on so long.  But, when you sit down and read this book with your child from Thomas Siebold, and illustrated by his wife, Sheri McCulley Seibold, you can't help but have your mind wander as you think about memories of your childhood or have new ideas for fun traditions to add to your family's holiday celebrating.

As I read this cute holiday book to my girls, I couldn't help but admire the illustrations.  They reminded me of illustrations you would see in Golden books or even vintage Valentine's Day cards.  Simple, yet done is a classical way -- really beautifully done.

You will not grow bored of this story as you count down the 12 days of Christmas - which include happy skaters, paper snowflakes, Christmas carols, fuzzy mittens and a fresh cut tree.  These things are all things that make up the holidays and are delight to read about and see depicted in the illustrations.  

So, why not grab a copy of "12 Days of Christmas" and add it to your family's stack of holiday books to read as you count down until Santa's arrival...there are only 27 days left!  Once you start reading this book, you will see why it has become an instant favorite with my family, and one we will treasure for years to come.

More about this book:

"In the new holiday book The 12 Joys of Christmas (available in hardcover, paperback, and as a mini gift book) by Thomas Seibold, illustrated by Sheri McCulley Seibold, readers from ages one to ninety-two will enjoy thoughtful words and classic imagery of the very best the season has to offer. From holiday cookie baking to outdoor fun to hanging favorite ornaments on a freshly cut tree, hearts are warmed and memories evoked as readers ponder the time-honored traditions, experiences, and simple pleasures that families have enjoyed for generations.

The couple, who owns their own design practice, created beautiful, full page illustrations for each of the twelve joys. The book is as lovely to display as it is magical to read.

Long after the gifts are opened, the wrapping paper discarded, the toys forgotten, it is our memories of Christmas that remain. The 12 Joys of Christmas celebrates the timeless sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of a holiday that brings families and friends together in a season of shared ideals, traditions, and lasting joys.
This sturdy hardcover version will become a permanent addition to your Christmas supply stash, a delight for children to rediscover each year, and an annual tradition to read together throughout the holiday season."


About the Author and Illustrator:

Author Thomas Seibold and Illustrator Sheri McCulley Seibold are the creative husband and wife team behind The 12 Joys of ChristmasSheri is the founder and principal of Sheri McCulley Studio, a Kansas City-based design practice that develops original characters, patterns, and product concepts for a variety of manufacturers in numerous product categories. Thomas is a technology marketing specialist and manager of Sheri McCulley Studio. Each was inspired to create The 12 Joys of Christmas by their own fond and vivid childhood memories of the holiday season.

Learn more about The 12 Joys of Christmas and Sheri McCulley’s designs at
The 12 Joys of Christmas is available to purchase at Amazon and the Sheri McCulley Studio’s online book store.

Disclosure: I  was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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