Merry Stirring Mice

Find out what really goes on the night before Christmas in this delightful turnaround on the claim, “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

Watch Mama Mouse and Papa Mouse show their kids, Max and Molly, how to prepare for the MAN.

“Help your sister stir the candy cane mix,” Mama Mouse begins.

Soon come the sugarplums, the candy canes, and finally the note that says “For Santa.”

Add to the fun by searching for the mischievous spider capering through every illustration.

Can you find his name too?

From the Author

Reading “The Night Before Christmas” is a tradition honored by my family as far back as I can remember.  When I was very young, my Grandfather read it to my sister and me, then my father to us, and eventually my husband to our children.  So it was the perfect jumping-off-point for my little story, and it was such fun to write “The Morning of Christmas” for the little mice children (and you) to enjoy on the last page of the book! 

One of my favorite lines in the story is the very first, where Kenny and Grace have the “twinkies.”  My husband’s family has used that expression since I’ve known them, and as far as I can tell, they invented it.  It such fun and so perfectly described the way that babies’ and children’s bodies tremble and jitter when they get really excited!

Meet The Author

Cynthia MeyerCYNTHIA DREEMAN-MEYER is a preschool music teacher, the creator and founder of her hometown’s annual Christmas Tree Festival (fundraiser for the local Senior Resource Center), and a retired trial attorney.  She is also an award-winning Christmas-tree decorator.  In fact, the inspiration for “Merry Stirring Mice” was a tree she created for the Tree Festival several years ago, adorned with mice uncharacteristically stirring on Christmas Eve.  During class trips to the Festival, Meyer invented a story to go with the tree about Santa’s secret team of mice, stirring all over the world to make candy for the stockings.  Children and teachers loved the story and encouraged Meyer to write it down, and that’s how it all got started.