Sunday, December 19, 2010

BELIEVE by Mary Engelbreit

Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

Available here on Amazon.

Another in the gift book series from Andrews and McMeel, this little book gives us all permission to be a child again at Christmas.

With fifteen full page illustrations richly detailed by Mary Engelbreit, one can share this magical little book with a child or simply enjoy it as you relax with a cup of Christmas tea.

Everyone can make a wish list for Santa.

Or help decorate the family tree.

Let Santa know if you've been naughty . . .

Or nice.

Watch for Santa's helpers.

Anticipate the arrival of St. Nick.

All one has to do is BELIEVE!

"Mary Engelbreit's quaint and lavishly colored illustrations let us all know that the magic of Christmas lies in its power to make us all children again . . . all we have to do is just believe." Everyone should have this sweet little book in their Christmas library.

Each Saturday during the month of December you can find a list of holiday books being shared across Blogville. Join Jain @ December Food for Thought where she and others have shared some wonderful holiday books. Hope you will share one or two of your favorites.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. LOL...well Ms. Sarah I think you have just about every meme out there covered with your post tonight. I had to chuckle when I came to the end of your post.
    Also, I didn't know that you followed "Catalog Living". I always get a chuckle out of that site.
    I am truly impressed with your selection of ME Christmas and your black/white for MacKenzie-Childs. Don't you just love those ME stockings in the catalog? Your little tea set is just charming and oh so cute! Did you make the Santa cookie?
    Thank you so much for sharing with us on ME Monday. I appreciate you joining in with me.

  2. ME is the best. So very cute and whimsical. I have a lot of her collections tucked away, but you reminded me to go dig them out for the new year. Happy Holidays!

  3. Believe! A wonderful word - so powerful and thank goodness for Mary to make it popular.

  4. Mary Engelbreit is a favorite of mine. Merry Christmas!

    Susan and Bentley

  5. Love EB so much! I just adore the blue Tea Set and Santa cookie! This was a darling post! Thank you for joining me again for Tea Time. Wishing you the Merriest Christmas.

  6. Sarah, speaking of quaint and lavishly decorated - your posts are always so wonderful. I love Mary Englebreit. I also love your little elf and your believe plate. Have a wonderful Christmas if I don't see you again before then. It is almost here!

  7. Dear Sarah,
    your posts are always lovely. I love this little book and every vignette you have shown. And sure we Believe. If not, Santa Claus wouldn't bring anything to us!
    Greetings, Johanna

  8. Just the perfect cuppa tea! What a wonderful collection of ME & MK stuff you have, Sarah & you've gathered them so nicely, too.

    I'm sorry to have missed commenting on several of your posts. DH was back in the hosp. with chest pain last week. No ♥ damage, thankfully but still very stressful. I'm behind on everything!

    Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas & hug your hubby extra tight!!

  9. Great pics Sarah! Lovin' your little elf plate! Merry Christmas Week:@)

  10. You honor ME so well! Cute cute post..I love her too.

  11. Such a perfect post. Love all the wonder of children at Christmas time. Thanks so much for joining TTT and I hope you have a Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  12. Mary's illustrations are so whimsical and warm. What a creative an lovely post!
    Merry Christmas~ may the love of Christ fill your home.

  13. Sarah...nothing sweeter than ME! Beautiful photos :)

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  14. I wish I had known about the book share Saturdays sooner!
    Not that I got my holiday book posts written, but the books are shaing my desktop right now.

    I found a very beautiful ME book at the thrift but it seemed all the gorgeous pictures were bound on the fold of the book, half on each page. Whose idea was that!

    Thanks for shaing some wonderful treasures with us.
    and I think you'll have to add this to Favorite Things parties and Lovin It!

  15. G'morning, sweet Sarah,

    I love your delightful post about a delightful book. ME is so cheery and bright.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, sweet lady.
    xo bj

  16. Lovely post! I love that elf plate.
    I was in WS/PB outlet yesterday, lots on sale, but nothing that spoke to me in PB. WS, a few little things to give as gifts.

  17. Wonderful post! I love Mary Engelbreit! So whimsical and fun...just like your post! Thanks for sharing. Happy TTT and Merry Christmas!

  18. I so miss Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine!

  19. Sarah, this is the sweetest book and as ME can take away all your cares! You must have a great book collection. I sure hope that all these "e-books" won't totally take away paper books. I just love children's books! Thank you for linking up to my "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party! I hope that you and yours have the Merriest Christmas! Joni

  20. Sarah,
    What a delightful post today! ME is one of my favorite artist. Oh, how I miss Home Companion Magazine! Thank you, dear, for reminding us of the whimisical side of Christmas!

  21. A charming holiday post. The little tea set is perfect for tiny hands.
    Merry Christmas

  22. Yours is such charmimg post, Sarah! Love the little tea set! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful and happy holiday with your loved ones.

    Christmas blessings,

  23. Sarah, that is such a cute book. I think the child in most of us comes out this time of year. Thanks for joining and Merry Christmas!

  24. Beautiful post, Sarah. I believe! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!..Christine

  25. Soooo very Lovely Sweetie...May our Sweet LORD cover You with blessings while you seek Him in this, His beautiful season.
    Isn't it magnificent knowing He is the Reason for every Season......
    Praying God's Blessings on You not only for Christmas but, all the New Year too!!!~~~Hugs Dena

  26. Love all your fun Mary Englebreit things! And your tree decorations are beautiful! Blessings to you at Christmas!

  27. Hi Sarah...

    Ohhh yes...I believe! What a fun book...and of course the illustrations are wonderful! This is the first time that I've seen this book, Sarah...I'll have to find a copy. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Well my friend, I also wanted to thank you for dropping by and taking a peek at my Christmas dining room! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, my friend!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  28. Sarah, that's a wonderful book. You just can't beat those photos! Merry Christmas! Linda

  29. Sarah, I haven't dropped in in quite a while. We've been so busy at the store with a skeleton crew.
    I love ME. Her work is so colorful, and I do BELIEVE!

    Merry Christmas!

  30. Have always loved Mary E. , you have many wonderful things of her's here. I loved her magazine with so much inspiration, too bad it is no more. Thanks for sharing this.
    p.s. I come from Redwensday

  31. That Santa cookie is so cute! Did you make it? I really enjoyed your post! Great pictures and a nice message. I have that little blue and white tea set too. I had it in my daughter's room when she was a baby - then I put it away for awhile....wonder where it is now.

    MErry Christmas!

  32. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  33. I do believe Sarah! :) This was a delightful post full of the best of ME. She is one of my favorite illustrators.

    Macy's at Herald Square had the theme "Believe" this year. I loved their windows! I will blog about the Manhattan holiday store windows I saw next week. I think you will enjoy them too!

    Merry Christmas, and may 2011 be a year full of continued blessings, good health and happiness!

    Hugs, Pat

  34. With ME it's not hard to Believe. Your pics are too cute!

  35. Very sweet! I sent some ME cards to friends this year! Merry Christmas! ♥

  36. I've been waiting for a ME book from you! Love your little touches...your adorable tea set, your pen, your list & your coal~
    I BELIEVE :-)

  37. good morning, i was excited to see you bright and early! oh i have those same dishes, i was just heading out to set our table, fun fun fun to see them with you!

    look how cute those stockings are, fun to needlepoint i bet :)

    what a darling book and post, that last pic just delights me so, such great cookies!

    wanted to wish you a very merry christmas, its been delightful sharing the year with you at food for thought, may your day be cheery and bright!


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