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December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Let it Snow!

Posted by emily

Two weeks til Christmas! We're wrapping things up in the office (see what I did there?) before the holidays, but we figured we'd squeeze in one last Throwback. So consider this our gift to you, readers, whether you were naughty or nice this year --- unlike a certain red velvet-wearing, snowy-bearded gentleman, we don't judge. Enjoy, and happy, happy holidays from the entire 20SomethingReads staff!

We're more than in holiday spirit at (our latest newsletter from 12/11/13 shows all of our cheer and the DOs and DON’Ts of holiday party-going). It only seems natural with two Thursdays left till X-Mas to throwback to THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson. I loved reading this book during the seasonal festivities of my youth...sticking cloves into oranges, stringing popcorn, along with watching Mixed Nuts and Jingle All the Way, just two of my many holiday favorite flicks. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER may be the best Christmas story ever. Robinson tells the story of the Herdman family, a bunch of swash-buckling, Christmas tree stealing, holiday happiness thieves. To put it simply, the Herdman kids lie, cheat, steal, smoke and do about every bad thing in the book. When they recklessly decide to take over the Christmas pageant at church one Sunday, hilarity ensues. If you're looking for a light-hearted, youthful and fittingly non-denominational read, check this out.

It’s pretty much one of the paramount existential questions of our generation: Are you a Kristy, a Claudia, a Dawn, a Stacey or a Mary Anne (or a Mallory or Jessi)? If you were alive and had a heart in the ‘90s, you definitely identified with at least one of the girls in the Baby-sitters Club. I always felt like a Claudia --- specifically because we both liked experimental fashion, art and junk food --- but I think there’s a little bit of each babysitter in us all. My room used to be a mess of pastel-covered books (much to my mom’s chagrin), and by the time I was old enough to be a babysitter myself, I felt equipped to handle any situation (come at me, all you Jackie Rodowskys of the world!). It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the one that sticks out is BABY-SITTERS’ SUMMER VACATION, a super special summer camp edition of BSB that brought the girls to Camp Mohawk as counselors-in-training. And I couldn’t even tell you how many times I watched the 1995 movie --- in the basement of my parents’ house with my best friend Lauren (another die-hard and a self-proclaimed Mary Anne). I’m sure we even tried to make a club of our own, but it was hard to get word out in those pre-Facebook days. Despite the failure of our real-life business venture, I loved those babysitters, because they always learned important life lessons in only 150 pages, and because they treasured their friendship above all.