Christmas Means Joy, Peace, and Santa…Bruce

Boy reading Santa Bruce book on couch

Christmas Time

We love a good Christmas story in my family. It’s a great time of the year to sit down and read some nook together as a family. Our family tries to stick by the same plan every year when it comes to getting into the Christmas spirit!!! We all just cannot wait until Santa comes!!! This is a simple rundown and the best part is that Disney Book Group is partnering with me for a giveaway!


First, we start to decorate the house. Maybe we go a little but overboard with decorations in pretty much every room and every nook of the house. That’s ok, it makes us all feel good. We typically do this the day after Thanksgiving. The kids are off, most businesses are closed, and it’s just a slower day on a great weekend to kick things into high gear.


Second, we start doing Christmasy things. The best might be going into NYC to see Santa at Macy’s and the big Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. We seek out all the Christmas shows and markets wherever we can find them. We even try our best to take little weekends for things like the Polar Express! It’s just such a fun, festive, and wholesome time. We love every minute of it!!


Third, I get egg nog. Lots and lots of egg nog. With extra cinnamon.

Forth, we back cookies, cakes, and heat up apple cider whenever possible. All the great Christmas treats are so welcomed this time of year.

Boy reading Santa Bruce book on couch close up

Santa’s List

Fifth, the kids start really talking up their lists for Santa and how we always sleep in too late (6AM if we are lucky) on Christmas morning. The list seems to grow with each passing day, so there is always some debate, deliberation, etc. Then they bring up Santa…oh boy.


Sixth, we tune all of our devices to Christmas music, be it our Alexa, Sonos, or car radio. Everyone has channels that play this amazing music 24/7 and my family and I just can’t get enough!!

Finally, we start watching Christmas TV shows, movies, and reading any and all Christmas books/stories we can get out hands on. These things really put us in the mood. We have annual favorites and new surprises that seem to come ever year!! The most recent super cute book we’ve read has to be Santa Bruceby Ryan T. HigginsLet me tell you a little bit more about it!!!

Santa Bruce Cover

About Santa Bruce

Bruce is a lot of things. He is a bear, a grump, and a pretty decent cook. And he is a mother. One thing Bruce is not? Santa Claus. But that doesn’t stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity—again. Kids will howl with laughter as award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins delivers another hilarious story about this bear who just can’t catch a break.

Ryan T. Higgins ( is an author and illustrator who likes the outdoors and cheese sandwiches. He is NOT a grumpy old black bear, but he DOES like making books about one—starting with the best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids… and too many pets.

Santa Bruce _Celebrate with Santa Bruce

Celebrate with a Santa Bruce Giveaway!

You know about the book and how great it is. Now, let’s get into the Christmas spirit a little bit early, shall we?? Giveaway time!! I feel just like Santa Bruce! One (1) lucky winner receives*:

  • Full set of all four Bruce books;
  • Branded ornament and Santa hat,
  • Plus a Santa Bruce box of holiday candies!

Santa Bruce Prize Pack

Santa Bruce (Bruce #4) by Ryan T. Higgins is in Stores September 4th, 2018. It’s published by Disney Book Group and recommended for ages 3+.

Santa Bruce Book on wooden table

Find Out More

Get online and find out some more about this great book…and the entire Bruce series. You and you kids are sure to love it, too!!!

*Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.

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  1. Sandy Klocinski wrote:

    Me going batshit crazy and speed-cleaning the house so I can decorate the hell out of it. My sister hiding stuffed animals in the tree and making them nests. My mom, making an insane amount of cookies.

    Posted 10.9.18
  2. monique s wrote:

    We enjoy baking holiday cookies together and sharing them with the neighbors

    Posted 10.10.18
  3. Lauren wrote:

    We like to decorate gingerbread houses.

    Posted 10.10.18
  4. Sandy Klocinski wrote:

    Besides having a Christmas dinner with the family – I’m going to be obvious and say sit back, get snacks (cookies included) and watch a movie. After all, is there any better opportunity to take some free time and enjoy the magic that only Christmas themed movies can provide?

    Posted 10.10.18
  5. Marilyn Nawara wrote:

    My favorite tradition is putting the tree up as a family on my Birthday – December 10th.

    Also really enjoy my family’s party — the only time of the year that we are all together… my 2 sisters, brother, mom and dad.

    Posted 10.10.18
  6. Kristen wrote:

    I like baking, and caroling and gathering with friends.

    Posted 10.11.18
  7. carol clark wrote:

    cooking together at christmas times and seeing whos is best

    Posted 10.11.18
  8. Sandy Klocinski wrote:

    We started a new tradition last year! On Christmas Eve, we set up a Hot Cocoa Bar- complete with homemade hot cocoa and TONS of toppings and snacks, and played board/card games all night! It’s a great way to reconnect with family!

    Posted 10.11.18
  9. Katherine S wrote:

    Cutting down our Christmas Tree as a family

    Posted 10.11.18
  10. John Smith wrote:

    “What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions??” We don’t do that much nowadays, but growing up it was nice to have big traditional family meals.

    Posted 10.11.18
  11. Pauline Milner wrote:

    I love Christmas Eve! We have a fondue, play charades and have so much fun with our family and friends. It is the one night a year that I always look forward to. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

    Posted 10.12.18
  12. Rhonda Grisham wrote:

    We open 1 gift each on Christmas Eve. The kids love that.

    Posted 10.12.18
  13. Marilyn Nawara wrote:

    Decorating the Christmas Tree as a family.

    Posted 10.12.18
  14. Dana Rodriguez wrote:

    We enjoy Christmas dinner and decorating.

    Posted 10.12.18
  15. Laurajj wrote:

    My favorite tradition of ours that we have been doing for about 5 years now…is our Elf On The Shelf brings a box of individually wrapped books on December first…with a note that our little one gets to open 1 book each night for our bedtime story. When the books are gone…its Christmas! We always get some GREAT new books to add to our collection and he has so much fun with it! Storytime is always one of my favorite times of the day!

    Posted 10.12.18
  16. Sandy Klocinski wrote:

    Visiting several groups of family members hours apart from each other, and having others visit us.

    Posted 10.12.18
  17. Sarah L wrote:

    I like opening one present on Christmas Eve.
    Thanks for the contest.

    Posted 10.13.18
  18. Edye wrote:

    Pizza on christmas eve!

    Posted 10.13.18
  19. cyndi br wrote:

    listening to Christmas music everyday

    Posted 10.13.18
  20. I enjoy making our family chocolate ball recipe for the holidays.

    Posted 10.13.18
  21. Kathy s wrote:

    Making cookies together

    Posted 10.13.18
  22. Angelica Dimeo wrote:

    mine was opening a gift on Christmas Eve

    Posted 10.13.18
  23. Shakeia Rieux wrote:

    Decorating the tree, and put up Christmas lights.

    Posted 10.14.18
  24. Marilyn Nawara wrote:

    I always enjoy the family party with my parents, sisters and brother — only time of the year we are all together in the same place.

    Posted 10.14.18
  25. Nickole Heim wrote:

    going and looking at the lights and dinner with my family

    Posted 10.14.18
  26. Laurajj wrote:

    One tradition we enjoy is going to look for Christmas lights! We always pick either snowmen or Santas…and see how many we can see on our drive! Great math for the kids!

    Posted 10.14.18
  27. Sandy Klocinski wrote:

    Each year my family opens one present on Christmas Eve, which is usually a pair of pajamas. I also enjoy going to the late night Christmas Eve church service.

    Posted 10.15.18
  28. Laurajj wrote:

    We always have a Christmas cookie exchange with everyone in our family! We all get together and spend the whole afternoon cooking! We fill everyones pans with cookies for them to take home. We have so much fun!

    Posted 10.15.18
  29. Stephanie Phelps wrote:

    Some of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to pick out our tree and decorating it together and opening one present on Christmas eve.

    Posted 10.16.18
  30. Sandy Klocinski wrote:

    Ah, Christmas: Midnight Mass, burning the Advent candles down to the last drop of wax so that red candles can replace them, the 12 Cookies of Christmas, listening to Mahalia Jackson belt our Silent Night (on one of my old LPs—it’s also on YouTube) listening to Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Surf and Turf for Christmas Dinner

    Posted 10.17.18
  31. Gina Ferrell wrote:

    Some of my favorite Christmas traditions are watching Christmas movies, baking cookies, decorating the Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving Day.

    Posted 10.17.18
  32. Angie Erickson wrote:

    Our traditions are making cookies and decorating the house. What fun!

    Posted 10.18.18
  33. Dana Rodriguez wrote:

    I enjoy making holiday treats!

    Posted 10.18.18
  34. Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    My favorite tradition is baking with my kids.

    Posted 10.18.18
  35. B.J. Bernal wrote:

    Our Christmas tradition is to gather the family and go look at Christmas lights.

    Posted 10.18.18
  36. Robin Abrams wrote:

    My favorite tradition is Christmas eve we all open 1 present which is Pj’s a movie and popcorn. So we sit and enjoy a movie and popcorn on Christmas eve

    Posted 10.18.18
  37. Diane Wolf wrote:

    Decorating the tree on Christmas Eve, exchanging one gift and decorating cookies

    Posted 10.18.18
  38. Marilyn Nawara wrote:

    The Office Christmas Party is aways a good time. Dinner and drinks with all of the branch offices.

    Posted 10.20.18
  39. bill norris wrote:

    spending time with friends and family over a plate or three of food.

    Posted 10.20.18
  40. Terry wrote:

    A few of our family’s Christmas traditions are having an adult gift exchange, making Christmas frosted sugar cookies with the grandkids and everyone in the family participating in the making of Christmas morning breakfast.

    Posted 10.20.18
  41. Cassandra D wrote:

    Stockings in the chimney area and decorating the tree to music.

    Posted 10.20.18

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