Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sounds of the Season - For Free

Sometime the most fun holiday traditions are the ones that don't cost a dime.  Several years ago, we came across the "The Cinnamon Bear" and listening to it has become something we all look forward to. 

"The Cinnamon Bear" is an old-timey radio show that was first broadcast back in 1937  in Portland, Oregon.  It first aired in 15 minute segments, with one episode airing every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The show follows the adventures of Jimmy and Judy Barton who take a trip with Paddy Cinnamon to the world of Maybeland. It's a whimsical story that offers a  glimpse into simpler times.

I love the mental stimulus that listening to an audio story provides for kids.  They really have to engage their brain to be able to follow a storyline and use their minds eye to picture the action taking place in a story.  Much better food for the brain then another round of cartoons.

This radio show is now in the public domain and freely distributable.  I suppose when it was originally broadcast, families huddled around the radio to catch every episode.  Now we can download it to an Mp3 player and listen whenever and wherever we like.  I realize that I am posting this late in the season, but please don't let that stop you from listening.  The segments are short - just 15 minutes, so listen to two a day until you get caught up.  Once you start listening, it's hard to stop! 

I hope you enjoy!
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