Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Fruitcake Weather!

School Library Journal annually publishes a poignant series of holiday memories from notable children's book authors and illustrators. Take a look at this year's line up: Richard Peck, Lisa McMann, Jack Gantos, and Loren Long. Holiday Memories 2011

I remember Mom and Dad saying each December, "It's fruitcake weather!", a line from Truman Capote's  A Christmas Memory. Those words never made my heart sing, as I, along with most children, loath fruitcake. All one could really do was surreptitiously pick the pecans off the top and dejectedly slink away.

All of this is just to say, document your own holiday fetes. It's never too soon to furiously pen your memoirs- you never know when you'll be up on a podium accepting a Caldecott or Newbery award.

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