Day 4 brings a very real sentiment for the littles in our home. Once Thanksgiving is over and December begins, the wait for Christmas can be immensely hard to bear! Join Big Bird in this Sesame Street Little Golden Book, I Can’t Wait Until Christmas by Linda Lee Maifair, illustrated by Joe Ewers, 1989.

Big Bird is distraught to know it is a whole FOUR weeks until Christmas arrives. His Granny is full of distraction ideas, making all kinds of suggestions over the next few weeks to encourage his patience. Big Bird makes a special gift for Granny, visits Santa, picks out a tree and decorates it, makes Christmas cookies, sends Christmas letters… until the day finally arrives! Granny comes for the special holiday and the two wait out the final day before Christmas by finishing the last few details like hanging their stockings and setting out cookies for Santa. The big day is simple and joyous, a great fulfillment of all the waiting… until Big Bird realizes it is a whole year until next Christmas!

We love vintage Sesame Street books in this home! Though my favorites are the ones illustrated by Joe Mathieu, this Big Bird one is so sweet. I especially love the addition of his granny (and the always necessary appearance of Snuffy!) I highly encourage looking for vintage Sesame Street and hope you enjoyed waiting out Christmas with Big Bird and his granny. Come back for the next book tomorrow in our 25 Days of Christmas Picture Books!