I added a couple of new titles to our pile of Christmas books this year. It's by no means an Advent collection (does anyone really unwrap a new story every day in December like they do in Instagram-world?) but it is a perfectly-formed small pile of favourites that are squirrelled away for eleven months of the year, ready to surprise and delight come the festive season.
I say surprise and delight (I do sometimes have to cajole the boys into listening) but I for one love a Christmas story. This year we'll (I'll) be reading:
- A Christmas Carol - Quentin Blake's new illustrated version is a delight
- The Night Before the Night Before Christmas - Mr Frumble and his Skipickledoo make a right hash of helping Santa
- Stick Man - because it's magical and like The Gruffalo's Child and The Gruffalo before it, we can't wait for the animated film this Christmas
- Mrs Christmas - behind every great man....
- The Night Before Christmas - another new one this year; beautiful wintery illustrations accompany a poetic masterpiece
- The Polar Express - our town's pop-up cinema is screening this next weekend with mince pies and popcorn for the kids; even though we have it on DVD and have watched it countless times, we can't wait
- The Goose is Getting Fat - because even though its Michael Morpurgo, it all turns out ok in the end
- Albert's Christmas - my mum read this book to us when we were kids. It's about a bear getting ready for Christmas and every illustration is etched into my mind; it's a lovely, gentle old-fashioned story
- Diggy Takes His Pick - my absolute favourite Christmas story from when my brother and I were kids. Diggy the Mole spends Christmas with the Lettice and Timothy Bun the rabbits but Mr Cunningleigh-Sly the Fox nicks the Christmas pudding.