The highlight of our December focus table was our wooden calendar with an attendant Jack Frost, Tomten, and Snow Spirit. We also had a menagerie of sleeping animals interspersed with animals attired in their winter finest. The calendar (created by Etsy artist MamaRoots) is based on a european folktale called the Twelve Brothers. It’s quite similar to Cinderella stories and has a seasonal aspect to it. MamaRoot’s calendar is a beautiful and functional depiction of the story, and we will treasure it for years to come.

The books were less inspired. I had originally wanted to focus on a weather theme, but I went the easy route and purchased a pile of seasonal and holiday books from Building 19. One book stood out among them. It was entitled The Christmas Candle, and it was written by Richard Paul Evans. It’s a beautiful story that addresses the issue of social justice at this seemingly charitable time of year.

December Focus TAble

December Focus Table