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Emily's Christmas Gifts

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Christmas is coming! And while we all love opening gifts, kindness and consideration are often the most valuable Christmas gifts one can give—to friends and family alike.

In Emily’s Christmas Gifts, young Emily brightens the smiles of all around her by helping around the house, lending a hand with family festivities, and showing kindness to friends and family everywhere.

Although the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year,” they can also be a minefield of manners meltdowns as people rush through shopping malls, prepare elaborate meals, and open potentially disappointing presents with not-so-favorite relatives. It’s especially challenging for small children, who don’t know that they may hurt Grandma’s feelings when they say, “Yuck! I hate fish!” or “I already have this doll!”

 

Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D. and Peggy Post have written Emily’s Christmas Gifts as a reminder of how to keep the holiday spirit alive. In Emily’s Christmas Gifts, young Emily expresses how much she loves giving gifts, but she tells young readers that the most important gifts don’t go under the tree. In her words, “These are the gifts of kindness and consideration. Even though they don’t cost a cent, everyone appreciates them.”

Steve Björkman’s lighthearted watercolor illustrations bring Emily’s world to life as she helps another child with her nativity costume, lends a hand with dinner, puts up lights with her dad, and acknowledges that sometimes people get a little cranky during all the holiday commotion. Her solution? Dad will be thrilled, Mom thankful, and Grandma and Grandpa full of pride when you help out, express your gratitude, and focus on kindness during the holidays.

Emily's Christmas Gifts is recommended for children age 5-8.

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About the Authors

 

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 Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is a director of The Emily Post Institute and the author of more than a dozen etiquette books. Peggy is co-author of the 18th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette. Her other books include the 16th and 17th editions of Emily Post’s Etiquette; Emily Post’s Wedding Planner; Emily’s Everyday Manners; and Emily Post's The Gift of Good Manners. 

Since 1995, Peggy has written a popular monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine. She also wrote a biweekly online column in The New York Times called “The Well-Mannered Wedding.” Additionally, Peggy conducts lectures and seminars for businesses, trade associations, and community organizations throughout the U.S.

Peggy Post’s media appearances include Oprah, Dr. Phil, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, the Today show, Good Morning America, Dateline, VH1, and CNN. Peggy has been interviewed by myriad media outlets including: NPR; USA Weekend; The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Baltimore Sun. She has conducted spokesperson campaigns for several businesses, including Master Card; Bed Bath & Beyond; SBC; Merci Chocolate; Yahoo; KFC; Vistaprint; and Florida Department of Citrus.

Peggy began her career as an international flight attendant for Pan American World Airways. She then taught seventh grade English and history in New York City before entering the business world, developing a 30-year career of management and consulting positions in the financial sector. Born in Washington, DC, she was raised in Maryland and New Orleans and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Louisiana State University. Peggy and her husband, Allen, live in southwest Florida, and she has two stepsons, Casey and Jeep, and a grandson Carter.

 

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 Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D. is Emily Post’s great-granddaughter and a former director of The Emily Post Institute. Now retired, Cindy continues to lead the Emily Post’s Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer Program twice a year, and so give media interviews. Her premiere book for children is The Gift of Good Manners, co-written with Peggy Post.

Cindy’s educational background and expertise in etiquette uniquely qualify her to write definitively on the subject of children’s manners in the 21st century. Her writing and recommendations are based on the concept of introducing specific manners at certain developmental stages in a child’s life. Cindy Post Senning also founded the Emily Post’s Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer Program and remains its premier presenter.

Cindy has been a sought after source for children's etiquette and has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and Parenting magazine. 

Cindy’s professional background includes more than 30 years in education and health care. She holds a doctorate and master’s in education, both from the University of Vermont; and a degree in nursing from Cornell University. Cindy resides in Waterbury, Vermont, with her husband John. They have two grown sons.

 
 
 
 
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