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It Really Said Christmas
It Really Said Christmas
by Laurie Parker

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Product Code: 978-1-938879-20-3

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It's Christmastime, and you're invited to go on a ride!

There's something my family does once a year
That brings us together and fills us with cheer.
A Christmas tradition in which we all share
Is riding 'round looking at lights everywhere.
It's always a treat when we pile in the car
And drive around looking at homes near and far...

It Really Said Christmas
is Mississippi author/illustrator Laurie Parker's lyrical tale of a tour of fun and festive holiday displays. Through her trademark rhyming verse and whimsical paper collage artwork, Parker captures the spirit of a popular ritual, and presents a poignant and memorable message about the real meaning of Christmas. Both children and children-at-heart will enjoy accompanying the family in the story as they take their annual ride past brightly adorned homes and yards.

A large happy snowman that moved side to side
Was one of the highlights of this season's ride.
Beside a magnolia, it swayed to and fro.
A speaker nearby played the song, "Let It Snow."

This mechanized snowman was such a delight.
It really said Christmas -- all merry and bright.

A place that was one of the most splendid sights
Was done up completely in icicle lights.
They sparkled like crystal. They made the house nice.
It shone like a magical palace of ice.

This glistening showcase could dazzle a crowd.
It really said Christmas. It said it real loud!

We saw a small manger scene made out of wood.
We paused and we gazed at this simple display --
Just plain plywood figures and pine straw for hay.
A streetlight nearby cast a soft gentle glow
On Joseph and Mary and Jesus below.

It wasn't electric or flashy or bright.
It didn't have colors that lit up the night.
And yet, although humble and homemade and small,

It really said Christmas ... most clearly of all.

It Really Said Christmas
takes the reader on a delightful drive that culminates with a heart-warming reminder of the true reason why we celebrate the holiday.
Laurie Parker reading her book "It Really Said Christmas."

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