Today marks 26 days before Christmas. This is significant because there are precisely 26 episodes of "The Cinnamon Bear," a wondrous 1937 radio serial about the adventures of Judy, Jimmy and a diminutive bear by the name of Paddy O'Cinnamon... and with a 4.5-year-old in the household, I am sure we will enjoy every one of them.
Radio can be a difficult concept for contemporary kids to grasp. The local model doesn't quite get why she can't watch Click and Clack on "Car Talk" as well as hearing them (although I am beyond delighted that she likes listening to them in the first place). A program like "The Cinnamon Bear" is an accessible way to explore not only a delightful holiday story, but the way kids lived in the 1930s and 1940s.
Here are a few links to more information on "The Cinnamon Bear." Free recordings are available here and there; it is also available on iTunes.
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