by Victoria M. Johnson
You know those popular holidays in February. But you may not know about my new discovery, Fairy Tale Day is celebrated on February 26.
Many of us can remember the earliest stories that were read to us by family or teachers. Some of them were scary—those with unkind lessons for bad decision-making. Some were magical—those with fantastical characters and settings. Either way, these tales were likely the first books we learned to read and they usually have happy endings. It's no wonder we love them!
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1. Reacquaint yourself with your favorite childhood tales. Pull them off your shelf or visit your library or bookstore. Do you still have your original fairy tale books on your shelves? Cuddle up with your beverage of choice and enjoy.
2. Read to a child. Your own or someone else's. Get into the role and voice of each character. Muddy Days Blog has other great ideas to ignite the imaginations of youngsters on Fairy Tale Day.
3. Watch a fairy tale movie. Animated or live action, films such as The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, or Mirror Mirror will be time well spent. Don't forget the popcorn.
4. Throw a fairy tale party. Just add friends to any of the above ways to celebrate. You can all dress up as fairy tale characters.
5. Write your own fairy tale. You knew this was coming. Why not try your hand at a fairy tale based story? Poets & Writers magazine offers tips.
Celebrate your way. I'm wishing you your own happily ever after.
Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries. Visit Victoria's website at http://VictoriaMJohnson.com for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.