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December 10, 2018

virtual advent tour 2018: day 10
posted by soe 6:09 am

Virtual Advent Tour 2018, hosted by spritewrites.net.

I spent my weekend immersed in books, either buying them or reading them, and wanted to continue that into the week. So today, for Day 10 of the Virtual Advent Tour, I thought I’d offer you a few videos of folks reading holiday stories. Settle in with a warm cup of cocoa, a Christmas cookie, and your crafting project for a seasonal story hour:

First up, because Hanukkah doesn’t officially end until sundown, let’s start with a celebration of the Festival of Lights. Actress Molly Ephraim reads Hanukkah in Alaska, by Barbara Brown and illustrated by Stacey Schuett:


Next, do you know the story of “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,” the editorial from The Sun? Well, this is Virginia O. Hanlon, the author of the original letter to the editor, reading to a group of children in Albany, N.Y., in 1959 the paper’s response to her:


This is a long one, but well worth a listen. Actor Liam Neeson reads Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express:


Investigative journalist Keith Morrison of Dateline gives a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas:


Finally, to end up on a high note, then-First Lady Michelle Obama reading “‘Twas the Night before Christmas” by Clement Moore at the Children’s National Medical Center back in 2012:

May you have a wonderful day. See you back here tomorrow!

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