"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Thursday, December 20, 2012

the very BEST christmas Pageant Ever {or book}

so proud of my little reader:)
i just love reading my book on one couch,
and him reading his book on another.
when i was teaching school i would read
"the best christmas pageant ever"
aloud to my students during the week or two before christmas break.
we would laugh and laugh at the Herdmans and their crazy antics.
it is still my favorite book to read every year before christmas.
and one of these years i hope that i will be able to read it aloud 
to my children and husband, with them all sprinkled around the room listening.
laughing at all of the same parts,
smiling when the christmas spirit fills the room from the story,
and learning about the true meaning of christmas together.
until then,
i will sit by my tree and read my book.
with brennan on the couch next to me and the room all a'glow:)
"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse. The toolhouse burned right down to the groud, and I think that surprised the Herdmans. They set fire to things all the time, but that was the first time they managed to burn down a whole building. I guess it was an accident. I don't suppose they woke up that morning and said to one another, 'Let's go burn down Fred Shoemaker's toolhouse'...
but maybe they did. After all, it was a Saturday, and not much going on."

"The Herdmans moved from grade to grade through Woodrow Wilson School like those South American fish that strip your bones clean in three minutes flat...which is just about what they did to one teacher after another. But they never got kept back in a grade. When it came time for Claude Herdman to pass to the second grade he didn't know his ABC's or his numbers or his colors or his shapes or his "Three Bears" or how to get along with anybody. But Miss Brandel passed him anyway. For one thing, she knew she'd have Ollie Herdman the next year. That was the thing about the Herdmans--there was always another one coming up, and no teacher was crazy enough to let herself in for two of them at once."
the very best christmas book ever:)


becca said...

i don't think i've ever read that book i think I need to make a trip to the library today to check in out

Amy said...

One of my favorites to read around Christmas time. Such a funny book! Shhh, don't tell anyone but i always cry at the end. I am sappy like that.