2011 19/12

Christmas Traditions: Books

Merry Christmas, Katie! You just one an Interactive Story Buddy from Hallmark!

My girls love books. And they love stories about Christmas! Matter of fact, our books about Christmas stay on their book shelf all year long and often times get read in the middle of the summer, as well this time of year.

Their very favorite story is the Christmas Story, the story of Jesus’ birth. I love that they want to hear it over and over again. That they know it almost by heart!

Their next favorite books/stories are those that have a tangible character. Typical for their ages, I think, they can connect to a story if they can see and feel one of the characters. For example, last year Santa brought them each a plush moose (a boy and a girl) and a book that featured the brother and sister moose in a story about Christmas. They love holding on to their moose as we read that book! And it remains one of their favorites!

This year, Santa will be bringing them another story and plush character! This year he will bring them the lovable Jingle!

Jingle Interactive Story Buddy

Jingle is an Interactive Story Buddy from Hallmark. He is a snuggly husky who comes with his very own book, Jingle All The Way. When you read key words in the book, Jingle will respond with a little bark or ruff! How stinkin’ cute is that? My girls are going to FLIP!

I had no idea that Hallmark even made these Story Buddies! I knew they had the Recordable Storybooks, which looked pretty cool, but these {for my girls} are unbelievably awesome. See, there are more Story Buddies than just Jingle. Don’t get me wrong, Jingle is pretty cute and will definitely be loved in this house. But I love that there are other characters as well!

A bear (coming soon), a monster named Bigsby {love him}, a raccoon, and a bunny named Abigail! Seriously? I would totally get Abbi the bunny but then there’s the whole jealousy thing with her sister. Zoe wouldn’t understand why she couldn’t have a bunny named Zoe. Oh the woes of childhood.

I would like to get Cooper as soon as he’s available though for Talon!

Ahh, I digress. Let’s get back to the Christmas books. I’m really excited for the girls to meet their new little buddies, Jingle, this Christmas. I know they are going to love him and how he interacts with them as we read the story!

Oh, and you can also download a FREE iPad or iPhone app for each one of these Interactive Story Buddy characters! Giving you even more games, stories, and activities for your little one to enjoy with their new favorite character!!!! You can even record your voice or your child’s voice reading the story. And did you get that part about them being free? Just making sure!

Guess what…Hallmark is generously giving me another Interactive Story Buddy to giveaway to one of you! Yay!

the giveaway…

One person will have their choice of an Interactive Story Buddy from Hallmark.

to enter…

To enter, simply answer this question: Does your family have a Christmas Tradition around books? Do you have a certain story that you read each year or do your kids get a new book each Christmas? Share!

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giveaway details…

The winner will be randomly selected from the comments posted by Thursday, December 22 at 5pm EST. All entries will be verified and must include an email address where I can contact you if you should win. This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses. You can read more about Giveaway Policies here.

 

This post was written in part of a campaign with Hallmark. All opinions stated here are my own and are not influenced by compensation or complimentary products. 

Hallmark would like to offer all you fabulous people a fun little Christmas cheer! Visit Hallmark.com and receive 20% off personalized greetings (min purchase of $20). Just use the discount SOCIAL20 (valid until 1/1/12).

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